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St Phillips Marsh Depot Work Underway - 566/1678
Written by Lee on Thursday, 19th October 2006
Work is underway on an
Re: St Phillips Marsh Depot Work Underway - 566/1697
Written by Lee on Sunday, 22nd October 2006
On a similiar note , rail workers in Cardiff are facing job cuts after Arriva Trains Wales announced 60 contract posts were being lost to Bristol (link below.)
Train-cleaning staff based at the Canton maintenance depot in Leckwith Road , Cardiff , say they fear the worst after learning the company had lost its First Great Western trains cleaning contract.
Quote from Arriva Trains Wales' human resources director Dennis Baker :
'We have been advised by First Great Western that they are terminating this contract and will transfer this work to an alternative location on their network from early December 2006."
Re: St Phillips Marsh Depot Work Underway - 566/9130
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 19th December 2007
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Work is underway on an
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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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