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Running and loading stats - yesterday - 1037/2904
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 11th January 2007

06:44 Cancelled.
07:17 15 on into Melksham, 17 beyond. (2 on, none off)
19:08 7 on into Melksham, 4 beyond.(3 off, none on)
19:50 Cancelled.

The 07:17 was 8 late from Melksham and 25 late into Chippenham.

What HAS happened to a service which carried an average of 300 passengers per day (109000/365) prior to the timetable change?

Re: Running and loading stats - yesterday - 1037/2914
Written by WyvusArconius on Thursday, 11th January 2007

Are you keeping a regular count? If so those figures would be useful to marry up with mine when I do my count.


Re: Running and loading stats - yesterday - 1037/2927
Written by streety7 on Thursday, 11th January 2007

Hi Daniel

Since the new timetable I've had a spreadsheet going, which I update daily, and I update the graphs every Friday. Currently, although the graph does not show this, reliability for January 07 would be off the scale (although I have altered it on my computer) and is currently at just below 70% reliability. If you look tomorrow evening (Friday evening) the graphs will have been updated and trends or events during the week will have been posted above each graph.

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Re: Running and loading stats - yesterday - 1037/2938
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Friday, 12th January 2007

Daniel,  My use is sporadic so I don't keep regular counts but since September 2005 I HAVE gone down to Melksham station on occasional days and got the numbers.  I've also noted numbers when I've travelled and posted them up and - importantly - I have some fairly continuous counts for a couple of the trains through last Autumn.  Overall they paint an interesting picture, but one needs to be careful of stats - especially those which I took just on the days I happened to be travellling.  You'll also find older stats (look at the "sping" and "autumn" files) here:

Chris - your graphs are useful grist to the mill.  We can't pretend that the current service needs strengthening because it's crowded out, but we can seriously make the point that the quality and schedule are both so poor that it's impractical for most people to use it, and that First "could do better" - MUCH better.  How are you coping with all the spurious reports and flack coming off the live departures system, which seems to work very well when there are just a few problems with the trains, but creaks and groans under the current chaos?

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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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