|New faces - mayors and chairs.
Lisa and I attended the Civic Service to welcome the new Mayor of Melksham this afternoon. Although attending on behalf of the local Chamber of Commerce, we found ouselves discussing trains with our own mayor, the new Mayor of Salisbury, county councillors and others - inclding John Ingram who's the new chair of the West Wilts Rail Users Group.
I have to say how encouraged I am by the support from all of these parties, and also how encouraged I am to see that the WWRUG seems to be embracing Melksham much more fully as a part of West Wilts under its new leadership; John Ingram comes with excellent credentials for his fighting work for "the Waterloo" service, and was telling me of a further meeting they're having with Andrew Murrison on rail matters from West Wilts - and I have no doubt that will also be including more and more services from West Wilts to Swindon, and services to and from Melksham.
The local groups have always had very strong support and interest in the history of the rail services - as witnessed by the excellent turnout at Bradford on Avon's 150th for WWRUG. But I can only be delighted that they're now strengtehing their case on current and future services which should be (and perhaps IS) now becoming the major focus.
Written 2007-06-24 17:55:58
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