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Isle Of Man Rail Spend "Justified" - 2636/5786
Written by Lee on Thursday, 21st June 2007
Re: Isle Of Man Rail Spend "Justified" - 2636/5810
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Friday, 22nd June 2007
I'm delighted to see that .. and the enlightened view on the line. I've seen / used the MER for a couple of journeys (which does not, of course, make me an expert) but I saw a service which was not much faster than the bus, with less convenient stops, and (apart from one fairly rural stretch of the route) duplicated other provision. NEVER THE LESS ... it is a key factor in bringing tourists in to the Island, to Laxey and Ramsey.
I just wish our "powers that be" had the same understanding of the true situation on the "TransWilts". We have a far, far stronger local commercial case and a POTENTIAL tourist one too ... Oxford to Salisbury. Lacock, Holt National Trust areas / properties. Steam at Swindon. The architectural beauty of Trowbridge and Melksham (which, however, need to get their acts together to some extent). Transfers from Warminster to Longleat. A White Horse at Westbury. Now - what to Didcot, Chippenham and Dilton Marsh have to offer the tourist? Ah - steam railway, a major history centre, and some wonderful cream teas in the country
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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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