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Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 9th January 2006

I understand that the First Group have a stakeholder meeting coming up on 16th January at which they wish to meet people / organisations / customers of the new extended franchise.

I'm not sure this is "by invite only" or Open - in fact I have few details - but I'm investigating to find out.  It could turn out that I'm not eligable for an invite. Although I've got the support of some 100 people who've signed the on line petition, and 100 customers of ours who have travelled to and from Melksham by train, and I've had coming up for 2000 distinct visitors to the web site, I am a private individual and I'm not constituted as an official organisation ....

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Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 14th January 2006

It seems that I'm not on their "invite list" ...

[quote]Thank  you  for your e-mail regarding the Stakeholder Forum taking place at the Ramada Hotel in Bristol on Monday.

Invitations  have been sent to Local Authorities, Transport User Groups and the  Rail  Passengers Committee to attend and I can confirm that all places have  now  been  filled.  Therefore,  I  regret that you will be unable to attend.

Please  be  assured that the issues that you would like to raise, regarding the  TransWilts  service  from  Swindon to Southampton via Melksham will be discussed  at  the  forum.  If  you  would  like  to  discuss  this with a representative  before  the meeting, I would advise that you contact Gordon Dodge  from  the  Melksham  Rail  Development Group or Micheal Reedy (who I understand  you  have  contacted  previously)  from  the  Rail  Passengers Committee.

I  hope that this information is of use to you and I am sorry that you will not be able to attend the forum.

Yes, I have spoken with a representative or two before the meeting and I hope to bring you any worthwhile feedback ....

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Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 19th January 2006

Source - Stakeholder meeting held by First Great Western in Bristol on Monday, 16th January:

The timetable from December 2006 based on the reduced service via Melksham in the franchise Invitation to Tender is currently in progress and could be improved BASED ON A SOLID BUSINESS CASE.

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Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 22nd January 2006

Note - previous edit just to correct "typo"

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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.

-- Graham Ellis, (webmaster), February 2021

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