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Its A Funny Old World - 8125/13168
Written by Lee on Thursday, 22nd April 2010

Originally posted on 15 August 2006:

[quote author=Graham Ellis link=topic=400.msg1180#msg1180 date=1155623814]
A "Where do we stand" topic, posted one year after this site was started.

How is it that First can make the money to pay the government 1 billion pounds over 10 years, as they've said they'll do under the Great Western franchise?

Re: Its A Funny Old World - 8125/13177
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 4th May 2010

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Re: Its A Funny Old World - 8125/13239
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 15th June 2010

From the Department for Transport:

[quote="Department for Transport"]Independent review to get better value for money in rail asked to give early initial report

Transport Secretary Philip Hammond announced today that he wants an independent review of value for money in the rail industry to report back early with its initial findings.

The review by transport industry expert Sir Roy McNulty will now speed up its work so that preliminary findings are ready in time to inform Government decisions on public spending in the autumn.

The scoping study for Sir Roy

Re: Its A Funny Old World - 8125/13247
Written by Lee on Thursday, 17th June 2010

From the Department for Transport:

[quote="The Minister of State for Transport, Theresa Villiers"]The Department for Transport will shortly begin a consultation exercise on the future of rail franchising policy. This consultation will provide industry partners with the opportunity to comment on the Government

Re: Its A Funny Old World - 8125/13249
Written by Lee on Friday, 18th June 2010

The first sign of the service cuts to come? From the Lincolnshire Echo:

[quote="Lincolnshire Echo"]Railway operator backtracks on 14-train direct-to-London commuter service

Highly anticipated direct train services between Lincoln and London are to be dramatically cut before they have even begun.

Train operator East Coast is to save

Re: Its A Funny Old World - 8125/13258
Written by Lee on Saturday, 26th June 2010

From the Lincolnshire Echo:

[quote="Lincolnshire Echo"]Lincoln to London rail service could be saved by another train operator

Direct train services between Lincoln and London could be saved

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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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