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Newsflash - 1048/2940
Written by Ginge on Friday, 12th January 2007


Thursday 11 January

A First Great Western train was reported to have left Bristol Temple Meads bound for London Paddington on time.

The 17.30 train which left the platform at 17.30 and 25 seconds is being hailed as a remarkable achievement. Despite claims by First Great Western that they are crippled by non working trains they managed to get one to leave the platform on schedule.

A number of passengers were in shock and first aid was administered.

One passenger was overcome with excitement and passed out. He was out cold so long that when he came round he

Re: Newsflash - 1048/2941
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Friday, 12th January 2007


Welcome .... brough a smile to my face ....

Re: Newsflash - 1048/2951
Written by Sion Bretton on Friday, 12th January 2007

I had to smile at the report

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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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