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RMT To Launch Political Campaigning Strategy - 2144/5041
Written by Lee on Monday, 30th April 2007

"Finally, we instruct the G.S. to produce a Political Campaigning Strategy to fully involve Regional Organisers, Council of Executive members, Regional Councils and Branches in local, regional and national campaigning events, including: 1, a national leaflet for public distribution explaining the failure of the government's refranchising policy and the RMT's alternative policy of bringing train operating back into public ownership; 2, model letters and resolutions for RMT Branches/Regional Councils to take to trades councils, regional TUCs, local authority public meetings and PTE/PTAs to draw attention to threats to rail services as a result of refranchising; 3, EDMs drawing attention to areas of public concern; 4, a late spring/summer public conference involving transport campaigners and trade unions to launch an alternative white paper on railways." (link below.)

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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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