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Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 11th January 2006

Great Western's customer panel meets on 11th January.

[quote]The Panels are primarily concerned with strategic issues relating to our network and ways in which the service can be improved as a whole, therefore they will be interested in receiving your comments and suggestions regarding all aspects of the service provided by First Great Western and First Great Western Link. Any collective issues raised by our customers that the Panel feel will make a difference to all will be brought forward for discussion with the Directors of First Great Western / Link at the next Customer Panel meeting.[/quote]

I've written to Roger Newman (who's the FGW Customer Champion for West Wilts, and with whom we're very much in touch) expressing my concerns about the new service levels from Melksham and asked him to bring them up.

Re: First Customer Panel meets - 11th January - 114/250
Written by Nick Field on Wednesday, 11th January 2006

Hi Graham

I also wrote to Roger Newman just before Christmas although I havent heard anything back from him as yet.  Are the customer panels invite only - are you attending?


Re: First Customer Panel meets - 11th January - 114/253
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 11th January 2006

It's invite only ... and so is the Stakeholder meeting next Monday.  I wrote for an invite to that but have just been told "sorry - no room for you".  What comes of me not being an official organisation, I suspect.

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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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