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Regulator Attacks Network Rail Rise In Weather Delays - 2498/5573
Written by Lee on Thursday, 7th June 2007

Weather-related delays attributable to Network Rail rose by 500,000 minutes , the equivalent of almost a year , in the 12 months to the end of March , according to the Office of Rail Regulation (link below.)

It was particularly scathing about the impact of what it described as a minor snowfall in south-east England which caused "disproportionate problems". "They lost the plot when the snow fell," according to Michael Lee , the ORR's director of access planning and performance.

Network Rail is facing the prospect of a fine from the ORR for what the regulator described as weaknesses in the planning and execution of a resignalling project at Portsmouth (click on which it said breached one of the conditions of its network licence.

A Network Rail spokesman said: "Network Rail recognises that the overrun of the massive

Re: Regulator Attacks Network Rail Rise In Weather Delays - 2498/5587
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Friday, 8th June 2007

I severely worry where a regulator fines an organisations such as Network Rail, which is in effect a government organisation itself in spite of clever labelling.  The purpose of a fine, surely, is to punish the person who got something badly wrong, but the effect ona government monopoly such as Network Rail is simply to give them an extra cost which they pass on to their customers - eventually you and me as the traveller and taxpayer, perhaps via the TOCs.

Re: Regulator Attacks Network Rail Rise In Weather Delays - 2498/5724
Written by Lee on Monday, 18th June 2007

The latest on the Portsmouth area engineering works (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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