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Train Leasing Inquiry To Look At DfT Rules - 5053/9165
Written by Lee on Friday, 21st December 2007
The Competition Commission's inquiry into the alleged anti-competitive activities of the trio of banks which between them own the country's train carriages was widened yesterday to include the Department for Transport (link below.)
In what it called an "Emerging Thinking" report yesterday, the watchdog said it would look into allegations by the Roscos that the DfT's franchising system was "too prescriptive and can have the effect of restricting competition by giving train operating companies little choice of which rolling stock to use", said Diana Guy, head of the inquiry. "Whilst we realise that the DfT has reasons for its current approach, we will need to examine how this may affect competition."
Ms Guy said she found the market for leasing old trains
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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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