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Crossrail TOC Set To Swallow One And First Routes - 4874/8896
Written by Lee on Monday, 3rd December 2007
Transport for London is likely to gain control of suburban rail services currently operated by First Great Western and the National Express One franchise when the London Crossrail project is completed - scheduled for 2017 (link below.)
The Crossrail TOC would take over the operation of certain existing services currently running out of London Paddington and Liverpool Street stations , to Maidenhead and Shenfield respectively , when the FGW and One franchise agreements end. The new TOC would receive revenues for the routes assumed and would also inherit the 'operator of last resort' obligations that accompany the services.
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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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