Save the Melksham Train
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Crossrail Bill Receives Royal Assent - 7874/12685
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 23rd July 2008

The Crossrail Bill has received Royal Assent (link below.)

Re: Crossrail Bill Receives Royal Assent - 7874/12732
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 20th August 2008

Doug Oakervee, the executive chairman of Crossrail, will invite five parties to compete for the right to oversee the

Re: Crossrail Bill Receives Royal Assent - 7874/12737
Written by Industry Insider on Wednesday, 20th August 2008

[quote author=Lee link=topic=7874.msg12732#msg12732 date=1219220648]
Bechtel is considered the hot favourite for the role. Its bid team is headed by American Cliff Mumm, who oversaw work on the reconstruction of Iraq and the Jubilee Line extension on the London Tube.

Not sure that's a good sign - didn't the Jubilee Line extension go over-budget by

Re: Crossrail Bill Receives Royal Assent - 7874/12756
Written by Lee on Saturday, 23rd August 2008

More on this in the link below.;jsessionid=F966D1F0B4BF685C93AF7AF18C94882D

link to index of articles

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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