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MTLS to House of Commons - 2695/5876
Written by tonya on Monday, 25th June 2007
Just for info, MTLS partcipated as a speaker in a RMT sponsored seminar at the House of commons last week.
Around 80 people there, and a good number of MP's and lords and ladies.
Not sure what we gained, other than raising the profile of the issue and making contacts, and putting No Way To Run a Railway Day on the map, though date is still to be confirmed.
This is to be a national day of action by travellers, and it's success entirely depends on local groups taking coordinated action on the same day. There will be a fair deal of autonomy, so exactly what happens locally will be up to local commuters, but publicity will be national, and most probably international too.
More on this later
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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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