Save the Melksham Train
Archived Save the Train forum articles - 2005 to 2010. See below
New Transport Secretary - 8142/13189
Written by Lee on Thursday, 13th May 2010

From the Department for Transport:

[quote="Department for Transport"]The Prime Minister has announced the appointment of Philip Hammond, MP for Runnymede and Weybridge to be Secretary of State for Transport.

Mr Hammond was raised in Essex, attending school in Brentwood before going on to read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at University College, Oxford. Prior to his election to the House in 1997, he followed a business career in small and medium-sized companies in manufacturing, consultancy, property and construction and oil and gas, both in the UK and abroad.

In recent years, Mr Hammond has held a number of shadow portfolios, most recently as Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

He is married with three children.[/quote]

Re: New Transport Secretary - 8142/13194
Written by Lee on Thursday, 20th May 2010

Ministerial Responsibilities:

The Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP - Secretary of State for Transport:

Spending Review
Transport Security - including Transec
High Speed Rail
Overall responsibility for Transport Strategy

Theresa Villiers MP - Minister of State for Transport:

London - including Crossrail
Aviation - including Air Accident Investigation Branch

Norman Baker MP - Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport:

Regional and Local Transport
Buses and Taxis - including concessionary fares
Walking and Cycling
Accessibility and Equalities
Alternatives to travel

Mike Penning MP - Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport:

Strategic roads and Highways Agency
Motoring agencies
Road Safety and Standards
Freight and Logistics - including lorry road user charging
Maritime and Dangerous Goods - including Maritime and Coastguard Agency

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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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