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Welsh Assembly Has To Pay Arriva To Run Empty Passenger Trains - 1711/4443
Written by Lee on Thursday, 22nd March 2007
Thw Welsh Assembly Government will have to pay Arriva Trains Wales an undisclosed sum for a train service that won't be carrying passengers , it has been confirmed (link below.)
Delays in construction work on the reopening Cardiff-Ebbw Vale line means that trains will not be able to run from July as planned. It is likely that passengers will not be able to use the route until October.
In the meantime , however , because of contractual obligations , the Assembly Government will have to pay the wages of staff who are being recruited to run the new line , which is seen as a vital tool in regenerating the economy of one of Wales' poorest areas.
When the line between Cardiff and Ebbw Vale finally opens , it is intended to have hourly services in each direction.
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Save the Train was the campaign to bring an approriate train service back to and through Melksham.
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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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