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Rocky Ride Ahead As Economy Hits Brakes - 7428/12111
Written by Lee on Saturday, 3rd May 2008

Christian Wolmar RAIL article link.

Re: Rocky Ride Ahead As Economy Hits Brakes - 7428/12253
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 12th May 2008

Very interesting article, though not just relating to the economy as the subject line implies ...

Christial Wolmar says:
[quote]But, in truth, there is no doubt that the industry is in a more parlous state than at any time since the Hatfield rail accident in 2000 as a result of a structure which allows far too much interference from a Department for Transport which wriggles out of taking any responsibility for its mistakes ... [/quote]

I was reading elsewhere a suggestion that the ROSCo s build further trains to existing designs, and citing the fact that they buy new trains and not the DfT. The suggestion implied they were being greedy (or timid) by not doing so, but in an environment where they could easily build more trains just to have a political decision taken that the can't actually be used, perhaps the ROSCOs should be described as being prudent and realistic in looking for guarantees before they build.

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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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