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Festive Central Trains / Midland Mainline Strikes - 894/2561
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 20th December 2006
Midland Mainline RMT members & Central Trains guards will be striking on Christmas and New Year's Eve (links below.)
Re: Festive Central Trains / Midland Mainline Strikes - 894/2578
Written by Lee on Friday, 22nd December 2006
The Midland Mainline strike has been called off , but the Central Trains strike goes ahead (link below.)
Re: Festive Central Trains / Midland Mainline Strikes - 894/2640
Written by Lee on Thursday, 28th December 2006
Rail bosses have said they will be running trains during two planned 24-hour strikes over the New Year (link below.)
Central Trains services were shut down on Christmas Eve in the first of three strikes by conductors , but the rail firm says it will run about one-third of its services during the next two strikes on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
This , however , is disputed by the RMT (links below.)
Here are some more links on this.
Re: Festive Central Trains / Midland Mainline Strikes - 894/2746
Written by Lee on Friday, 5th January 2007
Further Central Trains strikes could be on the way (link below.)
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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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