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Looking for lady who was going to a disgruntled passengers meeting in Oxford! - 1179/3367
Written by AFCChris on Tuesday, 23rd January 2007
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I was on a train from London to Didcot a few weeks ago (18.22 to Hereford) and when I pulled into Didcot had a quick chat with a lady who was going to a meeting in Oxford for disgruntled passengers. She asked me briefly about my experiences since the timetable change and then as my train was literally in the station I had to run to make sure I got off before it left again! Due to this I couldn't get a name or any contact details for this lady, so we could continue our conversation on this matter as I was really interested that there was a meeting happening about this, as I feel strongly and want to get involved in meetings like this.
This might be a complete long shot but I was wondering if this lady is on this board, or at least is there anyone who knew of this meeting happening and can tell me more information about whatever is being done so I can get involved.
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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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