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GNER Services Boost? - 1160/3319
Written by Lee on Monday, 22nd January 2007

Up to 20% more trains could call at some railway stations to provide better links between London and the north (link below.)

The firm said it meant services would increase from every hour to every half an hour between Leeds and London.

The services will call at Wakefield , Doncaster , Newark North Gate , Grantham , Peterborough and Stevenage.

Re: GNER Services Boost? - 1160/3334
Written by Steve35 on Monday, 22nd January 2007

The Leeds-London GNER service is more or less half-hourly during the daytime at the moment, but with a few gaps of an hour. From the timetable change in May 2007 the gaps will be filled to give a genuine half-hourly service, which has been an aspiration for some time. The ORR approved GNER's track access application for the extra timetable paths on 18/1/2007. See for the 'decision letter'. GNER will need a couple of extra HST sets to run the additional services and these will be coming from Midland Main Line who have a bit of an HST surplus now that they have the Class 222 'Meridian' trains.
Section 16 (a) of the decision letter is quite interesting:
16. Following the replacement of GNER

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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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