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Iain Coucher To Step Down As Chief Executive Of Network Rail - 8182/13246
Written by Lee on Thursday, 17th June 2010

From Network Rail:


Iain Coucher has informed Network Rail

Re: Iain Coucher To Step Down As Chief Executive Of Network Rail - 8182/13248
Written by Lee on Friday, 18th June 2010

From The Guardian:

[quote="The Guardian"]Network Rail boss Iain Coucher resigns as pressure mounts over funding

Infrastructure firm faces serious budget cuts

Network Rail chief executive Iain Coucher quit today with a warning that his successor will have to "work hard" to stave off a funding crunch.

Coucher's departure was revealed as publicly funded Network Rail prepares to announce next week whether it will award bonuses to executives who are already among the most lavishly remunerated in the public realm.

Coucher said his decision to step down after three years in charge was not influenced by the financial pressures bearing down on the company, which faces tough cost cuts regardless of the state of the wider public finances.

However, the Network Rail boss admitted that a case still had to be made for further state investment in the industry. Coucher said: "We have to work hard to convince people about the need to invest in the railways."

Network Rail must deliver

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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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