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« on: April 15, 2019, 10:10:10 am »

Taunton, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. That's Friday 18th October 2019. Date definite - the TWSW secretary confirms we've been waiting on availably as someone else had first refusal over the venue.

There's a TravelWatch SouthWest board meeting at the end of this month - a few more details ten, I expect, but I know of a couple of people anxious for a final / confirmed date for their diaries.
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« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2019, 10:47:16 am »

Thanks - this date looks more hopeful!
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« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2019, 03:48:59 am »

I have added a date for March 2020 (1st Saturday in the month) to this thread following yesterday's board meeting.  Groups with transport interests welcome to send a delegate (and encouraged to add an upcoming person for the future) - whether or not they are 'members'. 

TWSW takes a very wide view of the term 'group' and it can at times even be a group of one at the very early stages of something - indeed that's how I first came across them.  I still feel somewhat out of my depth at board meetings - that is the knowledge and wisdom that's there but very much oiling wheels behind the scenes much of the time.  If you are a member of a groups that's not been along to TravelWatch - please send me a personal message here (or contact me another way) and I can help you get in touch / an invite along to Taunton.

Agenda for October?  Will include: Rural isolation and transport provision. Sub Regional Transport Bodies (and getting them co-ordinated across the region). Update on inputs for DA3 and beyond. Looking to the December '19 timetable which will be close by then. We are advised that "Williams" will not have reported by the meeting date though.  Also very much aware of a somewhat uncertain political landscape ahead, and looking to have key principles on transport to hand that politicians can sign up for as a framework.

A further date will be added for the TWSW AGM - should be November.   Not the "big one" as are the general meetings, but the board does make it worthwhile for members to come along.
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« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2019, 08:49:50 am »

Good to see Saturdays haven't bern totally abandoned
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« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2019, 09:01:11 am »

Good to see Saturdays haven't bern totally abandoned

Current thought is to alternate ... but the next date to set is some 15 months hence so a lot can change in that time. Goodness knows what our relationships with our neighbour will be, who will be prime minister, what party he /she will lead (or will it be a government of national unity?) and whether transport planning will be centralised in Horseferry Road or delegated out to individual bus stop consultative committees to liaise and get a service between them.  From a personal point, I think it's my turn in the cycle for TravelWatch re-election this Autumn and I know I need to stand again for RailFuture re-election - in both cases, of course, with a personal choice whether I wish to continue.
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« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2019, 12:04:49 pm »

Re this Friday, is refreshment to be taken at the plough in Taunton after the meeting ?
I expect to be at the pub, presuming that anyone else is coming.
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« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2019, 12:10:08 pm »

Re this Friday, is refreshment to be taken at the plough in Taunton after the meeting ?
I expect to be at the pub, presuming that anyone else is coming.

I think we have multiple threads running on this one.   Planning to be there!

Tempted to pop by / hang around until about 18:00 ...  18:30 train to WSB and 19:32 connection to Melksham.
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« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2019, 12:09:54 pm »

I expect to be at the Plough from about 15-00, buses permitting.
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A 5 car DMU is not a proper inter-city train. The 5+5 and 9 car DMUs are almost as bad.
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