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Ebbsfleet To Become Drive-In Cinema - 7893/12717
Written by Lee on Monday, 18th August 2008

Ebbsfleet station is to become a drive-in cinema for the August bank holiday weekend under plans by high speed train operator Eurostar to raise the international station's profile (link below.)

Eurostar will be showing two movies with a French theme - The Bourne Ultimatum starring Matt Damon on Saturday 23 August, and Moulin Rouge with Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor on Sunday 24 August. Moulin Rouge is set in Paris while the Bourne Ultimatum includes scenes in both London and the French capital.

An advertising campaign to attract visitors to the drive-in promotion will feature on local radio stations and newspapers. Tickets for this event will be distributed via the media and at the Eurostar shop at Bluewater shopping centre.

The films will be shown in one of the car parks at Ebbsfleet International, with space for 500 cars each evening. There will be two big screens, with the soundtrack broadcast and received via car radios. In addition there will be live entertainment, refreshments and toilet facilities available.

This is the latest strand in Eurostar

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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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