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Rail White Paper - 3108/6449
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 23rd July 2007

I understand that the Rail White Paper is to be published tomorrow.    That's the one that some of the Sunday papers were talking about - let's see what Ruth Kelly comes up with.  If you're up early enough, try Radio 5 live at just after 06:30 and you just may hear "yours truely" saying what he thinks the passengers around here woul dlike to see come out of it.  Which basically amounts to an appropriate train service.  (Frequency, Capacity, service times, reliability and cost to make full and resaonable consideration of the passenger, and potential passenger,'s needs)

Re: Rail White Paper - 3108/6450
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 23rd July 2007

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[quote]The railway white paper will set targets for punctuality and capacity for Network Rail and announce how much money the company will get to do this. Network Rail has asked for

Re: Rail White Paper - 3108/6474
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 24th July 2007

The White Paper , entitled Delivering a Sustainable Railway , has been unveiled (links below.)

Costed plans for the near future include approval for the

Re: Rail White Paper - 3108/6511
Written by Lee on Thursday, 26th July 2007

It should not be forgotten that the government plans to reduce its subsidy from

Re: Rail White Paper - 3108/6532
Written by Lee on Friday, 27th July 2007

Cardiff Central MP Jenny Willott has said commuters should not pay for an overhaul of South Wales train services (link below.)

Here is the view from Reading and Bristol (links below.)

There are a lot of interesting quotes in the link below.

Re: Rail White Paper - 3108/6650
Written by Lee on Friday, 3rd August 2007

Christian Wolmar's view (link below.),07.shtml

Re: Rail White Paper - 3108/6887
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 15th August 2007

Former Shadow Transport Secretary Chris Grayling gives his view in the link below.

Quotes :

"Over the past 10 years, the South West has had promise after promise of improvements to its transport systems - such as getting on with the Stonehenge tunnel and improving services on the Severn Beach railway line.

Most of the bigger promises haven't happened because Gordon Brown's Treasury blocked them.

So will things change now he's Prime Minister? His first action on transport was to publish a White Paper on what our rail system should look like for the next 30 years. A revolution for rail commuters in Bristol?

Well no, not exactly. The word Bristol appears only once in 155 pages of text, and then, believe it or not, only buried in the small print. No change there, then."

Re: Rail White Paper - 3108/7543
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 11th September 2007

Christian Wolmar puts the White Paper in historical context (link below.),07.shtml

Re: Rail White Paper - 3108/10260
Written by Lee on Thursday, 21st February 2008

The Government's rail White Paper is "not about helping the railways at all", a former British Rail safety chief has told MPs (link below.)

Instead, the White Paper was "about keeping the status quo and moving forward on things that don't cost a lot," said Peter Rayner.

Now a consultant and expert on rail operations and safety, Mr Rayner told the House of Commons Transport Committee that the Government had been wrong not to seriously look at electrification projects in the White Paper.

Re: Rail White Paper - 3108/10320
Written by Lee on Sunday, 24th February 2008

The new fare structure which features in the White Paper is explored further in the 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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