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Edinburgh Bus Rapid Transit Proposals - 7882/12701
Written by Lee on Friday, 15th August 2008

Plans for a new multi- million pound bus service in Edinburgh aimed at creating swifter "greener" links between key business sites will be discussed today by transport officials (link below.)

The South East of Scotland Transport Partnership (SEStran) board will consider proposals for an Edinburgh Bus Rapid Transit system (BRT) serving economic hubs around the capital.

If approved, the scheme would allow people to travel on public transport between major peripheral bases including Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh Park and the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary without going through the congested city centre or using their cars.

It would also tie in with park-and-ride sites to help integrate the city's transport network.

The initiative would involve putting buses on new routes including the hard shoulder of the by-pass, "quiet" roads, new or as-yet-unbuilt bus-only roads and even a stretch of disused railway line. There are two options which the SEStran board will be asked to approve for further investigation after a study led to all other options, including more trams, being rejected.

One option, costed at

Re: Edinburgh Bus Rapid Transit Proposals - 7882/12719
Written by Lee on Monday, 18th August 2008

More on this in the link below.

Re: Edinburgh Bus Rapid Transit Proposals - 7882/12750
Written by Lee on Saturday, 23rd August 2008

More on this in the link below.

Meanwhile, Sestran is calling on the Government to provide bus operators with short-term financial support, to encourage a permanent modal shift towards public transportation. The quango said fuel price increases of up to 20 per cent have led to increased use of bus services, but they have also resulted in higher fares and the threat of reduced services on unprofitable routes (link below.)

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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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