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EEDA Bids For Railfreight Cash - 964/2690
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 2nd January 2007
The East of England Development Agency (EEDA) is bidding for government money to improve railfreight links between Peterborough and Nuneaton in the East Midlands (link below.)
The agency also claims enhanced traffic management on the A14 and improvements on the Gospel Oak to Barking rail line are vital to continued economic growth.
Re: EEDA Bids For Railfreight Cash - 964/8017
Written by Lee on Thursday, 4th October 2007
An MP has proposed a tax on lorries using the A14 (link below.)
David Howarth , MP for Cambridge said : "We need to persuade companies to send freight by rail."
He said: "The government failed to back a bid for European funding for the Felixstowe to Nuneaton rail scheme."
"This scheme is essential to provide a real alternative to the A14 for freight."
"The tax would also mean investment in better rail services for both passengers and freight."
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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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