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« Reply #30 on: August 04, 2022, 06:37:31 am »

Don't mind if they have it "somewhere in the North",

they might then get ticket gates installed at Chesterfield Doncaster Barnsley Sheffield and Preston.
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« Reply #31 on: August 04, 2022, 09:56:28 am »

May I suggest looking to somewhere that railway improvement and investment will be really welcome.   Corsham, Portishead, Tavistock, Yetminster, Fowey or Dunster?

Definitely supporting the idea of Dunster as an HQ (Headquarters).  I rather fancied the idea of having my office there back in 1976.  But we discovered the wooden floor was rotten.  And then the foreman of our government funded JCP - Job Creation Programme - decided that the lovely and definitely un-rotten built-in furniture (booking office counter, drawers, cupboards and a table) would better be used to warm up the workers on a cold day Sad

Under the original lease from Somerset County Council, the WSR had to keep the station buildings at Dunster, Blue Anchor, Williton, Stogumber, Crowcombe and Bishops Lydeard only in "wind and watertight" condition
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« Reply #32 on: October 16, 2022, 11:49:22 am »

Melksham would be a good location from what I've read.
Connectable rail service, with added bus links  Undecided

We were discussing that earlier. Stranger things have happened.

Could do far, far, far worse ... it's educational to think the unthinkable ... something I used on last month but concluded I should not seriously take further. 

Would be supportive another appropriate bid from within this (Wessex) region, which has most of what it takes, and that which it ain't got can be fixed (such as by restarting VT0 to fix the frankly appalling rail connectivity from here about to the Midlands and North.

How things changes - at the end of last week, Cooper Tires announced that they're to cease production of tyres in Melksham by the end of next year with around 300 redundancies.   And the test case work I did six months ago comes back to have a more serious look taken at the underlying logic, which had more than a grain of logic in it.   On Facebook for the Melksham audience, I wrote:

Comedians can say the unthnkable and you can laugh, but pause for thought. Many a true word is spoken or written in Jest.  In March, I wrote a suggestion-to-nothing that Melksham might like to bid for the GBR (Great British Railways) Headquarters - we have a great deal going for us, but of course we're not a northern or midlands city, and our rail connections (which a rail HQ (Headquarters) would expect) are better than they were, but still pretty poor. 

However, it's interesting to note my analysis of what Melksham has going for it, and what's in the vicinity of the Melksham Riverside site. The background data and thoughts need attention and redirection - I don't thing anyone will see the GBR HQ anyway as that was an idea from the Boris era.  See

There are two strands looking ahead.  The first is for the people who may have worked at "The Avon" all their lives and be like deer caught in headlights this weekend.  It's a frightening time when you're declared redundant (it happened to me twice) but after not a little heartache, a new chapter can be so much of a better one in a role and company that's developing, and not it a company where you wonder how much longer it can last.   The second is "what now?" for the town, with this prime piece of real estate where people are crying out for many things ...

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