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Who is who - Decisions of taking TransWilts forward - 4859/8875
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 1st December 2007

The three main players are the Department for Transport, First Great Western (although Stagecoach / South West Trains could also fit that role), and Wiltshire County Council.  Network Rail have a major role too - just slighly less than the other three.

With a great deal of discussion going on at the moment, the four people listed here are the senior people who are probably best placed to help our case along without being so senior that they are completely detached from the decisions and saying "why bother me".  In other words - I think they're good people to provide with lobby information.

Miss Fleur de Rhe-Philipe
Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and Economic Development
Wiltshire County Council
Paddock Gate
Upton Scudamore
BA12 0AQ

Miss Fleur de Rhe-Philipe - Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and Economic Development

Performance and strategy for transport (including the Local Transport Plan, related strategies and policies, highways, maintenance; improvements; traffic management, rights of way; road safety); passenger transport; trading standards; emergency planning and economic development.

Dave Ward
Route Director (West)
Network Rail
125 House,
1 Gloucester St
Swindon, SN1 1GW

I have no "job specification" as such for Dave's role, save that he is in charge of all the Network Rail territory West from Paddington and that includes the TransWilts to just south of Warminster. See [url][/url]

Peter West
Great Western Franchise Manager
Rail Division
Department for Transport
Great Minster House
76 Marsham Street

Peter West is the Civil Servant who looks after the ongoing First Great Western Franchise, which includes continuing consideration of TransWilts services.

John Curley
Route Director West
First Great Western
Milford House
1 Milford Street

John Curley is the First Great Western route director charge with - over a very few months - putting the things that have gone wrong in these parts right. See [url][/url]

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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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