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DfT Maps Strengthen Case For An Appropriate TransWilts Service - 7968/12889
Written by Lee on Thursday, 12th March 2009
Some interesting maps released by the DfT yesterday:
Page 10 of the link below shows the TransWilts corridor as one of the top 50 commuting trips into and out of Local Authority Districts in the South West.
Page 12 of the link below shows West Wiltshire towards the top in terms of forecast growth in population 2006 to 2026 in the South West (Swindon is right at the very top.)
Page 12 of the link below shows the TransWilts corridor right at the very top in terms of forecast growth in numbers of households 2006 to 2026 in the South West.
Page 12 of the link below shows the TransWilts corridor right at the very top in terms of forecast growth in car ownership 2006 to 2026 in the South West.
Page 21 of the link below shows West Wiltshire towards the top in terms of forecast growth in trips (productions) 2006 to 2026 in the South West (Swindon is right at the very top.) Page 22 of the same link shows the TransWilts corridor right at the very top in terms of forecast growth in trips (attractions) 2006 to 2026 in the South West.
There are also high forecast future delays on relevant sections of the A350 (Page 3 of the link below.)
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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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