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Sign Our Petition!! - 1108/3152
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 17th January 2007

"We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to provide a reliable train service with adequate capacity at times that travellers wish to make journeys from Swindon to Westbury, Bristol to Severn Beach, Portsmouth and Weymouth to Cardiff, Taunton to Cheltenham, Swindon to Cheltenham. This includes all intermediate stations and journeys in both directions."

Details of how to sign are contained in the link below.

Re: Sign Our Petition!! - 1108/3156
Written by Nick Field on Wednesday, 17th January 2007

Signed with pleasure.

Re: Sign Our Petition!! - 1108/3166
Written by streety7 on Wednesday, 17th January 2007

Signed and if I could I would do it again and again

Re: Sign Our Petition!! - 1108/3168
Written by Graz on Wednesday, 17th January 2007

Happily signed. :)

Re: Sign Our Petition!! - 1108/3174
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 17th January 2007

[quote author=Chris Street link=topic=1108.msg3166#msg3166 date=1169049946]
Signed and if I could I would do it again and again

Re: Sign Our Petition!! - 1108/3176
Written by Sion Bretton on Wednesday, 17th January 2007

Folks I signed it and pass the link to people at work (Bristol) who use the train to get to work
I will check to see if they  sign & chase if not.

Re: Sign Our Petition!! - 1108/3186
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 17th January 2007

More details at: [url][/url]

Petition at [url][/url]

ALL are welcome to sign - not only users of FGW trains in the broad Bristol / Wessex area, but other FGW customers and other customers of First across the country - from Thurso to Penzance.

Re: Sign Our Petition!! - 1108/3496
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Friday, 26th January 2007

UPDATE - well over 1000 signatures already - THANK YOU - and support from international, national and local politicians as well as from the travelling public.

Re: Sign Our Petition!! - 1108/3822
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 8th February 2007

Petition closed with 1683 signatures - many more than I had hoped.  See follow up under "future" ...


A huge THANK YOU to everyone who signed, and a second thank you to everyone who asked someone else to sign as well.  I can't guarantee any changes as a resukt of the petition, but I can guarantee that we've made out point and been looked at / noticed - at least to some extent.

Re: Sign Our Petition!! - 1108/3886
Written by Lee on Monday, 12th February 2007

Now that the petition has closed , here is an article on what may happen next (link below.);jsessionid=K0K2ZKBMEPYOZQFIQMFCFFWAVCBQYIV0?xml=/news/2007/02/12/npetition12.xml

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.

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