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Passengers Stranded In Lancashire As Rangers Fans Fill Trains - 7594/12295
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 14th May 2008

Hundreds of rail commuters have been unable to board trains in Lancashire as thousands of Glasgow Rangers fans filled up the trains into Manchester (link below.)

About 100,000 are thought to be making the journey to Manchester for the Uefa Cup final against Zenit St Petersburg.

Commuters were stranded on platforms in Preston, Chorley and Leyland on Wednesday morning as many trains had already been filled in Scotland.

Thousands of fans are also expected to stay in Blackpool to watch the game.

Lancashire Police are putting on extra patrols in the town centre and have spoken to bar owners ahead of the game.

Tourism bosses in the town predict 2,000 fans will pack out the bars and beaches over the coming days.

Many fans in the resort said it was easier to find a hotel in Blackpool as most in Manchester were booked up.

Glasgow Rangers' fans have been allocated 13,000 tickets for the final, which kicks off at the City of Manchester Stadium at 1945 BST.

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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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