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Rail 'Renaissance' For Stagecoach As Profits Jump - 7822/12593
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 25th June 2008

Stagecoach has hailed a "fundamental shift" in attitudes to public transport as it reported a healthy jump in profits (link below.)

It said growth in passenger numbers on its rail and bus services was due, in part, to growing concerns about congestion and climate change.

Pre-tax profits for the year to 30 April rose from

Re: Rail 'Renaissance' For Stagecoach As Profits Jump - 7822/12613
Written by Lee on Saturday, 28th June 2008

National Express has become the latest rail operator to say high petrol prices are benefiting its business by forcing more people onto public transport (link below.)

The firm, whose franchises include the East Coast Mainline between London and Aberdeen, said sales on its network rose 9% in the five months to 31 May.

Full-year profits are expected to be significantly ahead of last year.

National Express said all its rail and bus services had benefited from a "broad national trend" for people switching to public transport.

Sales on the east coast franchise, which National Express took over last autumn, were 11% higher in the first five months of the year than the equivalent period in 2007.

Revenues on the firm's bus network were up 7% over the period.

National Express said rising fuel costs were affecting its business but that it had hedged the cost at which it bought fuel while fuel expenditure amounted to only a small share of overall revenues.

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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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