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Severn Beach Line Short Train (08/01/2007) - 1008/2807
Written by Lee on Monday, 8th January 2007

From Cat Hobbs / John Hall (FOSBR) :

Commuters from Redland were left on the platform this morning , because the train going to Temple Meads was so crowded.

Does anyone have a digital camera that we could use to get a picture of this overcrowding? It would be great if we could do this before Thursday's lobby of the Council. That way , we have a picture for the press to show how much we need an extra train.

If you have a digital camera and would be prepared to either take the picture yourself , or lend FOSBR the camera , please let me know asap.

From widespread reports of planned cancellations due to shortage of trains I suppose we should be grateful that the train ran this morning , with no more than the customary one minute delay at Sea Mills.

It was however only one carriage instead of two and I understand that from Redland onwards passengers were left on the platform unable to board.

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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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