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Lydney Campaigners Give Lukewarm Reception To New Train Service - 7901/12738
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 20th August 2008
CrossCountry trains has announced a new train service which will run between Lydney and Birmingham (link below.)
Campaigners in the Forest of Dean have welcomed the new service but are disappointed it won't start in time to ease the problems caused by the A40 roadworks between Highnam and Over.
The new CrossCountry service, which will get commuters in to Birmingham New Street before 9am, will start in December.
So it will not ease the overcrowding on trains between Lydney and Gloucester which have come about as commuters use the train rather than battle the A40 roadworks.
The new service does not return to Lydney from Birmingham New Street.
Stuart Henry, a spokesman for CrossCountry trains said the time the train would call at Lydney had not been decided yet.
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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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