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Vision for Swindon Transport? - 1718/4452
Written by Nick Field on Friday, 23rd March 2007
Re: Vision for Swindon Transport? - 1718/4453
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Friday, 23rd March 2007
That's extremely interesting, Nick .... the need to handle Swindon's gridlock as it grows in the future. I'm busy training today (no time to fully read up), but one of the ways to mop some of the traffic up and bring it in might be stations at South Marston, Blagrove and Wootton Bassett ... back to Parkman report, 2000 and then extends on the to the new suburbs to be set up under the regiuonal spatial strategy - major growth in Chippenham, Trowbridge, and other West Wilts towns.
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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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