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Archived Save the Train forum articles - 2005 to 2010. See below
GNER Continued.... - 809/2354
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 12th December 2006

Strike action is threatened following reports that the company was set to announce redundancies (link below.)

Re: GNER Continued.... - 809/3697
Written by Lee on Saturday, 3rd February 2007

GNER has failed to stop its trains spraying human waste into the atmosphere from on-board toilets , despite warnings from the Railways Inspectorate (link below.)

Re: GNER Continued.... - 809/3797
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 7th February 2007

A price war on rail tickets between York and London is soon to break out (link below.)

Re: GNER Continued.... - 809/4441
Written by Lee on Thursday, 22nd March 2007

An East Lancashire firm has made at least

Re: GNER Continued.... - 809/4627
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 4th April 2007

Council chiefs have urged the companies bidding to take over the East Coast Mainline to run a direct rail service from North East Lincolnshire to London (link below.)

Campaigners said having a link from the capital to Grimsby and Cleethorpes would boost tourism in both directions.

Re: GNER Continued.... - 809/4728
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 10th April 2007

Virgin Trains and Stagecoach , which have formed a joint venture , have announced that GNER will be partnering them in the competition for the re-let franchise (link below.)

If successful , York-based GNER will take a 10% stake in the franchise.

Virgin and Stagecoach would share the remaining 90% stake in the deal , which has been approved by the Department of Transport.

Meanwhile , further delays could force Grand Central's new rail link to London off the tracks if engine parts are not delivered soon (link below.)

Re: GNER Continued.... - 809/4790
Written by Lee on Friday, 13th April 2007

Grand Central intends to launch the service with refurbished 125mph High Speed Trains (HSTs) on 20 May (link below.)

But it will replace those trains with the 140mph Chinese "Polaris" fleet in mid-2010 , if its five-year track access contract can be extended.

Re: GNER Continued.... - 809/5007
Written by Lee on Thursday, 26th April 2007

The new rail link between the North East and London has been postponed by several months (link below.)

Grand Central had planned to operate from Sunderland to Kings Cross from 20 May but an overhaul of second-hand rolling stock is behind schedule.

The firm now plans to launch the three-times daily East Coast Mainline service , calling at Teesside and North Yorkshire , in September.

Re: GNER Continued.... - 809/5314
Written by Lee on Friday, 18th May 2007

From 21 May , GNER will run an extra 11 services on weekdays between Newark North Gate and London (link below.)

There will also be seven extra services on weekdays between Grantham and London , a spokesperson said.

In order to run the services , GNER has leased two more trains which will be fitted with new engines.

Re: GNER Continued.... - 809/5337
Written by Lee on Monday, 21st May 2007

GNER will run an extra 12 services on weekdays , creating 30,000 more seats a week. Trains from Leeds to the capital will run every half hour (link below.)

Re: GNER Continued.... - 809/5520
Written by Lee on Monday, 4th June 2007

Grand Central, the trains group blamed by GNER for threatening its existence , is on course to launch competing services in September , ten months after it had intended to start up (link below.)

Interesting quote :

Re: GNER Continued.... - 809/5572
Written by Lee on Thursday, 7th June 2007

Bus and rail operators Arriva PLC , National Express Group PLC (NEG) and FirstGroup PLC have submitted bids for the East Coast rail franchise (link below.)

Re: GNER Continued.... - 809/7598
Written by Lee on Thursday, 13th September 2007

The company opening a new direct train link between the North East and London's Kings Cross has started its TV advertising campaign (link below.)

Grand Central's Sunderland to King's Cross service , using refurbished stock , was first due to begin in late 2006 , but has been delayed twice.

Now the firm said the three-journey a day service launch was "imminent" and would begin in the next few weeks.

It blamed the conversion of train stock for taking longer than anticipated.

Managing director Ian Yeowart said staff were "chomping at the bit" to get the service running.

Re: GNER Continued.... - 809/7957
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 2nd October 2007

Grand Central's Sunderland to King's Cross service launch date is imminent (link below.)

Grand Central's managing director Ian Yeowart said that the latest delay had arisen because there had been a national shortage of parts and components during the refit of the carriages.

He said: "I know people are frustrated, but I can assure you no-one is more frustrated than me."

"We are very, very keen to get it up and running but we don't want to give another formal start date and find that we can't hit it."

"The first full train should be up at the Heaton depot by the end of next week and crews are very keen to get hold of it and run it up the East Coast Main Line for final testing."

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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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