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17:59 from Chippenham was cancelled again - 113/245
Written by Sion Bretton on Tuesday, 10th January 2006

The 17.59 from Chiippenham was cancelled again tonight 10/1/06, and the bus driver did not know the way to Melksham.

Re: 17:59 from Chippenham was cancelled again - 113/247
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 10th January 2006

It probably started from Westbury ... and carried on to Southampton.  I don't believe it then counts as a cancellation in the opertors's statistics  :-\ ...

Geeze, dunno what to say, Sion.  I'm very tempted to write a web spider to gather statistics automatically, except that the line departure boards web site specically bans spiders.  What would you guess the stats are for that train? Cancelled 1 in 5 days?  1 in 10? 1 in 20?

Re: 17:59 from Chippenham was cancelled again - 113/251
Written by Nick Field on Wednesday, 11th January 2006

It did start at Westbury (according to BBC Radio Wilts travel news)
I have had similar experinces on substitute buses - Once on the way back to Chippenham the bus driver had to ask passengers the way to the station, another time he took a circuitous route to get there.

Re: 17:59 from Chippenham was cancelled again - 113/335
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 4th February 2006

And Again

Departure display on platform at Chippenham, Friday, 3rd February 2006.

Re: 17:59 from Chippenham was cancelled again - 113/339
Written by Sion Bretton on Sunday, 5th February 2006

yes I know, Wessesx advise a Coach would be there at 18.20 and did not arrive until 18.40. Good news this time drive knew how to get to Melksham. Been on a coach twice and we start going towards Devizes. ???

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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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