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Westbury Station - to be adopted jointly by two Community Rail Partnerships - 8202/13275
Written by chris from nailsea on Tuesday, 29th June 2010
Two members of the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership (TWCRP) - Dominic McKeown and I - met up recently at Westbury Station with Pete Jobson (FGW Station Manager) and Catherine Phillips and John Hill from the Heart of Wessex Rail Partnership.
The agenda for our meeting was to investigate how the newly formed TWCRP could hopefully work with the well established Heart of Wessex group, in improving the ambience of Westbury Station - as well as publicising our respective partnerships! - by 'adopting' the station, and working with FGW to enhance it.
We went on a 'guided tour' of the station, with Pete Jobson offering his comments as to how our respective CRPs could become involved in enhancements to the station environs.
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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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