Duncan Hames, MP for Melksham and Bradford on Avon - Thank Coalition for your extra trains

On Monday morning last week, I boarded the 7:38 am train from Trowbridge, not just to travel to Swindon but to sell the tickets too.

It was a great way to celebrate the launch of the new regular TransWilts rail service, and to meet the local commuters who are benefitting from it.

I have been working with First Great Western and the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership for a number of years to get this service up and running, and I am delighted that it’s been made possible by a grant of more than £4 million from the Coalition Government.

Eight trains a day are now running in each direction along the line between Westbury and Swindon, Monday to Saturday, stopping at Trowbridge, Melksham and Chippenham.

That’s a big improvement, particularly for the people of Melksham who had their service cut to just two trains a day each way eight years ago. I hope that in the new year plenty of local people will take up this option and prove its worth.

This sort of government investment for a stronger economy in Wiltshire is very welcome, and I am determined to ensure that it doesn’t stop there.

A fortnight ago, Liberal Democrat Treasury Minis-ter Danny Alexander set out the Government’s plans for £375 billion worth of infrastructure projects.

In Parliament last week, I pressed him to include Wiltshire College’s proposed new Chippenham campus in those plans.

I’ve already urged the Skills Minister and even the Prime Minister to ensure the college receives the funding it needs to rebuild the campus and help our young people acquire the skills that will enable them to get on in life.

Returning to Wiltshire, I toured the Shreddies factory in Staverton, where investment in their combined heat and power plant has cut carbon emissions by 9,000 tonnes a year, the equivalent of taking 3,600 cars off the roads.

I met a student spending a year in industry as part of her sandwich course, and a recent graduate on the business’ graduate trainee scheme, who is already making her contribution to health and safety on a site that clearly takes great pride in their operations.

I look forward to witnessing more and more opportunities created for young people as we build a stronger economy in the year ahead.

I also completed three well-attended constituency surgeries, bringing my total for 2013 to 52.

Finally, I would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas.

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1:33am Fri 20 Dec 13

Magicman! says...

Lovely... now how about some money for a transpennine rail route from York to Preston via Skipton and Colne... or a faster link between York and Hull via Beverley?
Lovely... now how about some money for a transpennine rail route from York to Preston via Skipton and Colne... or a faster link between York and Hull via Beverley? Magicman!

10:22am Fri 20 Dec 13

EMBOX2 says...

No chance, Magicman. That's Up North. Government spends no money up there.
No chance, Magicman. That's Up North. Government spends no money up there. EMBOX2

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