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Quietest time - 101/211
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 31st December 2005
It's the quiet time between Christmas and the New Year. Personally, I'm taking my annual holiday so I'm on line (and hearing of any interesting post too!), but not able to pop down to the station at all and do the odd passenger count. I suspect they would be seasonally low.
I'm also taking the opportunity to put together a more detailed case - especially as I heard from First on 20th December that no final decisions have been taken - and I'll be posting it upon my return, first weekend in the new year.
Re: Quietest time - 101/217
Written by Nick Field on Tuesday, 3rd January 2006
Judging by the few Melksham line trains I saw passenger numbers did look lower than normal which I suspect was due to people being on holiday. I am sure traffic levels will be abck to normal now that most are back to work.
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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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