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Proposed Changes To Rail Freight Grants - 7469/12156
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 6th May 2008

From the link below.

[quote="DfT"]Freight Facilities Grant (FFG)

We do not propose making any significant changes to this grant. We believe the balance is about right and there is no desire to change the principles of the scheme. Stakeholders have called for an increased budget but this is outside the scope of this exercise. They have also asked for simplification of the application process. We will examine whether administrative steps can be taken to simplify procedures for applicants without compromising evidence needs.

Rail Environmental benefit Procurement Scheme (REPS)

Government and stakeholders appear to be generally content with the existing scheme. To offer greater certainty to business we are considering seeking a State Aid clearance to operate the scheme for 5 years but we propose to keep grant funding contracts with specific companies at the current length of not more than 3 years.

A significant change we would like to pursue with the EC is the inclusion of inland waterways in this grant scheme (which would then need to be renamed). This would mean inland transport - rail and water - would be treated equally in our encouragement of mode shift.[/quote]

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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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