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High Winds causing problems - 1117/3199
Written by Nick Field on Thursday, 18th January 2007

Servere disruption due to the weather today with trains running at reduced speeds:

Line problem from London Paddington.
Train services from London Paddington to all destinations are being disrupted due to high winds. Short notice alterations, cancellations and delays can be expected. No further information is available at this time.


The following service alterations have been announced:

Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington at 07:10 and 09:00 have been cancelled.

London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads at 10:47 has been cancelled.

Swansea to London Paddington at 07:00 and 08:00 have been cancelled.

Cardiff Central to London Paddington at 09:55 and 10:55 have been cancelled.

London Paddington to Cardiff Central services at 07:15 then at xx:15 past the hour until 15:15 have been cancelled.

London Paddington to Cheltenham Spa at 07:48 and 09:48 have been cancelled.

London Paddington to Exeter St Davids at 08:34 has been cancelled.

09:52 London Paddington to Hereford

Re: High Winds causing problems - 1117/3202
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 18th January 2007

The 07:10 from Bristol to Paddington is ALWAYS cancelled - or so it seems.  Does anyone have any figures for it?

But, seriously, I can forgive a few landslips, inclement weathers, wrong type of snow, type incidents.  Let's hope everyone is well informed of cahnges and gets to their destinations to day in reasonable time, and without too much standing and discomfort.

Re: High Winds causing problems - 1117/3209
Written by Lee on Thursday, 18th January 2007

There are problems across the country due to this (links below.)

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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