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« Reply #15 on: September 16, 2020, 05:37:38 am »

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However see attached image from this month?s Railway Magazine!

I think only Melksham has been achieved - we need more Grahames!

I also see that Railway Magazine's sub editor is more familiar with the works of Noel Coward than the towns of the Northumberland coast........

But I though Melksham Station reopened in 1985.  That article was in 2000 before the services were cut in 2006?

You are correct ... reopened in 1985; a couple of shortlived experiments, but in 2000 the service was very slim indeed.  Wessex Trains brought in extras - up to 5 each way per day in 2001 but the Greater Western franchise adding in Thames Trains and Wessex Trains areas into the First Great Western reduced that - SRA» (Strategic Rail Authority - about) / DfT» (Department for Transport - about) at that point only called for a much reduced service from that level, as it did on many other lines.

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« Reply #16 on: September 17, 2020, 01:30:51 pm »

This just released from NR» (Network Rail - home page)
https://www.networkrail.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/New-parkway-stations-guidance.pdf.
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« Reply #17 on: March 23, 2021, 12:32:25 pm »

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Transport Committee: To hit its own decarbonisation deadline, Government must set out clear strategy for rail network

A 30 year rolling programme of electrification should be set out

As a matter of priority, the Government should publish a long-term strategy that sets out its vision for electrification and for the use of battery and hydrogen technology that is underpinned by appropriate costings, a credible delivery plan and enabling targets and milestones.

As part of its strategy, the DfT» (Department for Transport - about) should commit to a 30-year rolling programme of electrification projects. If the Government is to meet the legally binding target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, and a former Minister’s pledge to remove all diesel trains from tracks by 2040, the current Government must take the first steps and start the electrification programme as soon as possible rather than waiting for the start of the next control period in 2024.

Full report (as a series of .html pages not a single .pdf document!) via https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm5801/cmselect/cmtrans/876/87602.htm
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« Reply #18 on: March 23, 2021, 03:36:02 pm »

Full report (as a series of .html pages not a single .pdf document!) via https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm5801/cmselect/cmtrans/876/87602.htm

... and the PDF here.
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« Reply #19 on: March 24, 2021, 12:02:54 am »

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A 30 year rolling programme of electrification should be set out



A 30 year rolling programme would see through six governments, as a minimum. The previous Theresa May government (I think it was her's) set out plans to stop building fossil fuel cars more quickly than that, and the current regime is abolishing gas boilers in new houses almost tomorrow. The electric car commitment isn't backed up by increased generation of electricity, and it remains to be seen how that time-scale will look in a few years' time. I would have thought that a plan to electrify the two thirds of the railway that doesn't have wires right now within 30 years was far more achievable, notwithstanding the Great Western debacle. It would tick a box, and give successive governments a clear target. And if it is announced, but not met, I'm sure a scapegoat can be found.
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