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Wales Route Utilisation Strategy - 7750/12474
Written by Lee on Friday, 30th May 2008

Extra platforms, new stations, longer trains and more tracks are among the measures being proposed in a 10-year plan to improve Wales' railways (links below.)\RUS%20Documents\Route%20Utilisation%20Strategies\Wales&pageid=4449&root=\RUS%20Documents\Route%20Utilisation%20Strategies

Among the options being suggested are:

Adding more track between Wrexham and Chester and upgrading signalling at Abergavenny to improve the frequency and journey time of trains between north and south Wales.

Providing new platforms at Cardiff Central, Pontypridd and Caerphilly to help the long-term vision of 16 trains per hour through the South Wales Valley network.

Building new stations at Llanwern in Newport and Energlyn, Caerphilly, to support residential development in these areas.

Adding more track between Llanelli and Carmarthen to improve performance and consequently, encourage more people to use the train at Gowerton.

Creating a new freight terminal and connection at Blaenau Ffestiniog to allow trains to carry more slate waste.

Currently, around 31m people are estimated to use the railways in Wales each year but that is expected to rise to around 40m by 2018.

Dave Ward, route director for Network Rail, which has drawn up the Wales Route Utilisation Strategy (RUS) said the options were "realistic" and "cost-effective yet far-reaching measures to get the best out of the network."

Rail consumer watchdog Passenger Focus welcomed Network Rail's strategy and encouraged passengers to respond to the proposals.

The consultation closes on 22 August and the final strategy will be published by end of the year.

Re: Wales Route Utilisation Strategy - 7750/12490
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 3rd June 2008

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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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