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Update on pledge for support campaign. Please sign if you have not yet done so - 8020/12997
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 17th May 2009
Over 600 people have signed up so far ... with nearly 550 willing and able to have their names out there in public, saying Yes, I support an appropriate TransWilts train service ... THAT is the bandwagon we have rolling ...
And it's more impressive when you look behind the statistics ... those people come from or represent well over 100 different organsations. Over 70 of the signatories are elected representatives or are standing for office - and they include local parliamentary candidates for all three major parties. 78% of signatories live in Wiltshire, with a further 13% in nearby counties. The vast majority travel regularly in Wiltshire - over 200 being daily commuters ...
[color=Navy]If you have not signed up, please look at our pledge now and sign up if you agree ...[/color]
[color=Purple]... the plans are practical, and the rate of signature is opening doors.[/color]
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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.
-- Graham Ellis, (webmaster), February 2021
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