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Summit On Rail Service 'Disaster' - 1013/2819
Written by Lee on Monday, 8th January 2007

An Oxfordshire MP has organised a meeting to sort out what he says are disastrous changes to the railway timetable in the Thames valley (link below.)

Ed Vaizey , MP for Didcot , has invited politicians and representatives from First Great Western to attend a rail summit this week.

"If commuters could have their say, I think they would vote for a return to the old timetable like a shot."

"It may not have been perfect, but it was miles better than what we have got now".

"We need to give commuters hope - many have switched already to coach and car. They deserve much better", he said.

Adrian Luck , of FGW confirmed Alison Forster was due to speak to Mr Vaizey later in the week.

He told BBC News: "We have had a lot of customer feedback about the new timetable and as a result of that feedback we have conducted a small-scale review of certain issues that have been brought to our attention."

"We will be announcing some further changes to the timetable as a result of this review in the very near future."

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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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