Save the Melksham Train
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Train Firm In Compensation Talks With Network Rail - 468/1374
Written by Lee on Monday, 4th September 2006

One Railway's commuter services between London, Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk were disrupted last Wednesday and Friday.

Trains lost electric power and passengers were stranded in carriages without refreshments for several hours (links below.)

Re: Train Firm In Compensation Talks With Network Rail - 468/1390
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 5th September 2006

Another train breakdown in Essex has brought travel problems for commuters (link below.)

Re: Train Firm In Compensation Talks With Network Rail - 468/1394
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 6th September 2006

One Railways is putting pressure on Network Rail in a bid to end disruption of commuter services (link below.)

Network Rail said that incomplete repairs to overhead cables , after the earlier problems , had caused the incidents.

Re: Train Firm In Compensation Talks With Network Rail - 468/1435
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 13th September 2006

Rail travellers faced disruption during the rush hour after a train carrying seven passengers came off the rails at a level crossing in Norfolk (link below.)

The derailment happened when the Norwich to Cambridge train operated by One Railway went across the level crossing at Croxton on Tuesday morning.

British Transport Police said the train struck a rubber paving block which had become dislodged on the crossing.

Re: Train Firm In Compensation Talks With Network Rail - 468/1443
Written by Lee on Thursday, 14th September 2006

Measures are to be put in place following overhead power line problems on the London to Norwich route causing chaos on three occasions in one week (link below.)

Action to be taken includes an independent review by industry experts of overhead line equipment , One Railway and Network Rail said in a statement.

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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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