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First threaten legal action - 3407/6848
Written by courgettelawn on Tuesday, 14th August 2007
I can't see this story posted anywhere else but apologies if it already has. I first noticed it on the front page of The Times (13/08/07) which reported the threatened legal action (for libel) taken by First Group against TravelWatch London. Here is the BBC story:
FGW allege that the letter that TravelWatch wrote requesting the stripping of the franchise away from First contained inaccurate facts. I have not read the letter yet but its contents were reported to have contained complaints about the punctuality record which did not meet the SLC. What the inaccurate 'facts' were I'm not sure. Anyone with anymore information on the reason for this hostile move by First?
Re: First threaten legal action - 3407/6850
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 14th August 2007
A lively discussion on this is taking place on the First Great Western Coffee Shop Forum (link below.)
The FGW view of events can be found in the link below.
More on this 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.
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