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Readers - PLEASE write AND get others to do so ... - 212/515
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 17th April 2006

From Anne Lock is well known for all the work she has done in campaigning for the station at Corsham to be re-opened. I reproduce this letter here with her permission

Dear Peter

Re: Readers - PLEASE write AND get others to do so ... - 212/538
Written by chrisbastian on Sunday, 23rd April 2006

E-mails sent to MPs Michael Ancram, James Gray, Anne Snelgrove, & Andrew Murrison asking them to lobby Alistair Darling to save the service.

Re: Readers - PLEASE write AND get others to do so ... - 212/2047
Written by Lee on Friday, 24th November 2006

[quote author=Graham Ellis link=topic=212.msg515#msg515 date=1145298158]David Redgewell is adamant that when Michael Ancram went to see the Secretary of State he made no representations on behalf of the Swindon/Melksham service.

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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.

-- Graham Ellis, (webmaster), February 2021

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