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Archived Save the Train forum articles - 2005 to 2010. See below
To the Papers! - 1052/2947
Written by WyvusArconius on Friday, 12th January 2007

Right, I am aiming to put together a letter/email to send out the local papers (Gazette & Herald, Wiltshire Times etc)... I will obviously detail the situation regarding the trans wilts route, and the lack of service to Melksham. I hope to also include a line regarding the Trains sat at Eastleigh gathering dust whilst we good paying travellers squash into smaller trains or lose out on cancelled services.

Does anyone else have any other Particular things that they feel should be mentioned?

Also, those from the Frome, Bristol areas and beyond... have you contacted your local press? The more noise we all make on the issue, the harder are calls are to ignore... and the more support we should gain.


Re: To the Papers! - 1052/2967
Written by C Shearn on Saturday, 13th January 2007

Hi, I've just posted an article that may be of interest. I've gone through FGW Customer Services (ha ha!), written to Alison Forster (FGW MD), contacted my local MP, written to local papers, written to Derek Twigg and gone through the Passenger Focus group. I haven't got anywhere and haven't had a sensible view of the situation. The more niose the better....... I don't know why some people don't complain about such a crap service.

Re: To the Papers! - 1052/2970
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 13th January 2007

Tom Harris took over from Derek Twigg a few months back at the DfT.

Re: To the Papers! - 1052/2984
Written by gaf71 on Saturday, 13th January 2007

a bit more ammunition for you...there is/was?an emergency timetable running on some cornish branch lines this week. ie. a bus service because of lack of servicable units. this was on the Looe branch, and also the St Ives branch. there is also a strong rumour that this will be implemented on the Barnstaple branch in Devon, and an hourly(instead of half hourly) service to be brought in on the Exmouth branch in off peak times. hope this helps you!

Re: To the Papers! - 1052/2988
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 13th January 2007

Thanks for that - I would be slightly surprised as I've seen evidence that the situation is getting better with some trains actually running as twin units, so the worst may be over.  And I have to say that the staff on the ground and in depot have been doing there very best to make that happen, even though they've naturally been at the forfront of passenger's frustrations!

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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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