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Events & Protests - 826/2385
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 13th December 2006

Find out how previous events / protests went by clicking on the link below.

Re: Events & Protests - 826/3312
Written by Lee on Monday, 22nd January 2007

Joe Patrick , a Bristol student , will make the statement below to a Bristol City Council meeting in the public session between 2pm - 2.30 pm on Tuesday 23 January 2007 :

Britain's towns and cities will drive our economic success in the future. That is why we need to act now

Re: Events & Protests - 826/3394
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 24th January 2007

Read how Cat & Joe got on in the link below.

Re: Events & Protests - 826/3423
Written by Mojo on Wednesday, 24th January 2007

It's also on
including a photo.

Re: Events & Protests - 826/3526
Written by Lee on Saturday, 27th January 2007

Message From FOSBR :

The Lib Dem Council Cabinet have amended their budget to provide an extra train on the Severn Beach line from December 2007 - March 2010.

FOSBR would like to thank everyone who helped achieve this victory. Well done to everyone who sent a postcard, wrote an email, lobbied councillors or put the pressure on in whatever way.

Come to the budget meeting on Tuesday 27th February (2pm, the Council House, College Green) when we hope the Lib Dem budget will be supported by the full council.

Further details contained in the link below.

Quote :

"Substantial funds give the Council a clear mandate in discussions with First Great Western, and also send a message to the government and the surrounding authorities that rail services need investment. Julie Boston said 'We hope this will make central government sit up and take notice. Bristol has decided to use its local rail infrastructure

Re: Events & Protests - 826/3666
Written by Lee on Friday, 2nd February 2007

MTLS Steering group meets upstairs at the Raven pub , Queen Street , Bath , first and third Tuesday of each month.

From MTLS :

Dear train users

If you have ever thought you really ought to come to one of More Train Less Strain's meetings, but never made it, then please do come to the next meeting on 5th June upstairs at the Rummer pub in Bath (opposite Pultney Weir) from 6:15 to 7:15 pm. The meetings are friendly and if it is any attraction, the beer is good too.

We know the trains are better following on from the fare strike, but there is a still a long way to go to have a reliable train service, fairly priced, with a decent timetable, and trains that aren't on their last legs.

We know that FGW and the DfT have responded to pressure from us and the thousands (or however many it was) fare strikers.

We also know that FGW have recently put fares up by default ( eg by getting rid of super Savers) and more fare increase are expected in September which are expected to affect commuting journeys.

We also know that FGW

Re: Events & Protests - 826/3875
Written by Lee on Sunday, 11th February 2007

Message from the no450 campaign :

Hi everyone,

Angry about the decision to put 450s on the Portsmouth mainline?

Click on this link now:

Post your question and tune in to the above link on Monday 12 Feb from 2pm. Flood Stewart Palmer with questions about the 450 decision.

The House of Commons Transport committee recommended more passenger consultation. Why has SWT chosen to ignore this completely?

Click the link below to see a table showing the peak passenger numbers on the line.

Why are thousands of us having to endure misery just to satisfy a few hundred Woking people? They only have a 25 minute journey and a choice of 13 other services per hour - that's one every 5 minutes.

Don't miss the opportunity to speak to Palmer. Don't forget - 2pm Mon 12 Feb!

David Habershon
No 450 Campaign

Message from Save The Train (Melksham) :

We're holding what could turn out to be a turning point meeting on 5th March , at 19:30. Here's the invite letter and YOU , dear reader , are invited as an interested party (link below.)

Re: Events & Protests - 826/3890
Written by James on Monday, 12th February 2007

I noticed a lot of people commented about the fleet shuffle

Re: Events & Protests - 826/3952
Written by Lee on Friday, 16th February 2007

From Save Severn Tunnel :

We could do with some more rail commuters/travellers on the Action Team. We now meet at 8.00pm on the first Monday each month in the Tippling Philosopher, Chepstow Road, Caldicot (unless some important business comes up in the meantime) where we use a private room at the back. If you don't regularly join us but would like to get more invoved the transport needs for this area, please come along.

Alternatively, do you know of someone who might be interested in getting involved? In which case either invite them to come along, or ask them to contact me on 01291 423551 for an informal discussion.

If anyne wants to see our presentation we'll be giving it to Severnside Forum next Tuesday (20/02/2007) evening in Portkewett (7.00pm) , or on the last Wednesday of the month (28/02/2007) to Caldicot Town Council (also 7.00pm)

Re: Events & Protests - 826/3954
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Friday, 16th February 2007

Do you have an address in Portskewett, Lee, for next Tuesday?

link to index of articles

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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