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Petition reply - 1799/4571
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Friday, 30th March 2007

I have just received a link to the reply to my petition whihc was worded as follows

Re: Petition reply - 1799/4577
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 31st March 2007

I'm disappointed by the response to the petition.

On the Answer on the TransWilts Service - Swindon to Westbury / Frome / Salisbury

The SRA specification (refrerred to in the answer) was based on data gathered in 2002 and 2003, and used in the 2004 background work which assumed a growth rate of less than 1%.

Re: Petition reply - 1799/4582
Written by courgettelawn on Saturday, 31st March 2007

I too received the link to the reply.  I am most disappointed at the tone of the response.  It was empty of even hypothetical commitment to this regional service.

Because the franchise says so (as if it wrote itself) FGW are at liberty to cut services that _they see_ are not adequately used even though as has been pointed out several times that this assessment is an error.

The fact that when I tried to email Tom Harris at the DfT it bounced back saying the address did not exist was indicative of the lack of seriousness in which they view these problems.

I note that the most successful e-petition on road charging whose premise was hysterical was received and noted without problem by 10 Downing Street.

We must continue to keep pressure up on ministers and our MPs.  I will write again to Robert Key with my grievances on my return to England.  I am currently in the USA where you can see the devastation caused by the cynical removal of public transport systems.

Re: Petition reply - 1799/4613
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 3rd April 2007

I've put up a further comment here in my train Blog.

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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