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Save the Train, less Strain - clarification - 1060/2972
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 13th January 2007

"Save the Train" - this site, concerned with the "TransWilts" service from Swindon via Mellsham to Westbury.

"More Train, less Strain". - concerned with West Wilts and beyond into Bath and onward to Bristol

More Train Less Strain is concerned with the West Wilts to Bristol service, which has reduced train formations and a reduction in frequency.

My - Save the Train - concern is with the next line over - West Wilts to Swindon, where ALL daytime trains have been withdrawn, leaving just 2 a day (the first leaves Swindon at quarter past six in the morning, and the second at quarter to 7 at night).

Re: Save the Train, less Strain - clarification - 1060/2976
Written by Lee on Saturday, 13th January 2007

I think that it is important to note that while other campaigns are mentioned (and their activities publicised) on "Save The Train" , they are all seperate organisations , with their own views & aims.

However , the overcrowding situation IS diabolical , as the link below explains.

Interesting quote :

"This week FGW tried to pacify passengers around Bristol by borrowing all the carriages from the St Ives and Looe branch lines in Cornwall. But this has created a separate outcry from Cornish passengers, who have had to travel on buses."

link to index of articles

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.

-- Graham Ellis, (webmaster), February 2021

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