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Boycott Threat Over 'Dirty' Freight Locos - 2147/5044
Written by Lee on Monday, 30th April 2007
Rail freight drivers are threatening to boycott hundreds of trains in a row over the state of cabs , says the drivers' union Aslef (link below.)
The union said its members will refuse to drive the Class 66 locos from 18 June unless conditions are improved.
Drivers are complaining the cabs lack air conditioning and proper seating and are noisy and unhealthy.
There are hundreds of Class 66 locos in operation , which make up a large proportion of the UK's rail freight fleet.
Continuing on the freight theme , the DfT have released the Strategic Rail Authority's freight train operating cost model reference manual (April 2005 , link below.)
However , "Further to my letter of 19 March, I confirm that the Department holds the information you requested,
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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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