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Was British rail a better network than the private system? - 7280/11935
Written by Nick on Saturday, 26th April 2008

When John Major privatised the railways was this a mistake? Was the network better under British rail?

Re: Was British rail a better network than the private system? - 7280/11969
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 27th April 2008

I don't know.  On one hand there was / is a need for things to move forward - a scheme that was right for the world 30 years ago is not necessarily right for things now, so that even if BR was brilliant when it was set up in 1948,  there were elements of it that looked very dated by 40 years later.  But on the other hand, there are aspects of the current system (the rebidding and rebranding every few years, the fearsome complexity of just working out who is responsible for what and having those people accept the consequence of that responsibility) which make me think that the dated system of BR had its merits.

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Save the Train was the campaign to bring an approriate train service back to and through Melksham.

Most big contributors are still around writing at the Coffee shop forum where new members are very welcome.

The train has been saved - sort of - we have stepped back up from an unusable service to a poorish one but it's doing very well. We did that through setting up the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership. That fulfilled its early objectives; it has been taken over by local and regional government types who are now doing medium and long term work. The team from this forun can also be found at the Melksham Rail User Group (which was the Melksham Rail Development Group at the time these articles were written and we had no users.

We mustn't loose sight, though, that the train service remains poor and needs our community support in marketing and campaigning to keep it going in a positive direction ... and all the more so when we're expecting to find a different normallity once we get out of the Coronavirus Pandemic and head for zero carbon via the climate crisis. Yes, it's saved ... it's now a key community facility ... the need for enhancement and the strong and near-universal local support remain, and the rail industry and goverment remain slow to move and provide the enhancements even to level us up with other towns. Please support the Melksham Rail User Group - now very much in partnership rather than protest with the rail industry and local government, including GWR, TransWilts and unitary and town councils. And please use the trains and buses, and cycle and walk when you can.

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