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FGW Meet the manager sessions postponed - 1196/3420
Written by jonshaw1uk on Wednesday, 24th January 2007

I wonder if it just coincidence that the FGW "meet the manager" sessions which are planned for tomorrow have all been cancelled? Maybe FGW are concerned for the safety of their staff?
More sessions are planned though - I think they could be quite lively..

Re: FGW Meet the manager sessions postponed - 1196/3424
Written by Sion Bretton on Wednesday, 24th January 2007

Interesting as there was a Manager on a train this AM going to Bristol TM.
Train packed he kept his coat zipped up and was standing but looking out at the window.

Re: FGW Meet the manager sessions postponed - 1196/3434
Written by streety7 on Wednesday, 24th January 2007

I'll be going to the one in Cheltenham on the 7th February to ask about the Cheltenham - Westbury services, and then get back here and e-mail the media if I can on any response, as it is Cheltenham where the Melksham trains start/terminate in the week.
Interesting there is no session for Gloucester - are they expecting people to use the train to get to Cheltenham?
Here's the other dates - I have highlighted the ones I see as important (for us) in bold:

Date AM or PM Station
25 January TBC Plymouth to Reading  on train
Postponed. New date to be advised.
25 January TBC Penzance to Plymouth on train.
Postponed. New date to be advised.
25 January AM Cholsey
5 February PM Reading
5 February PM Slough
6 February AM Newbury
7 February AM Cheltenham
13 February TBC Exmouth branch line on train
13 February TBC Exeter to Taunton on train
21 February PM Severn Beach line
22 February TBC Barnstaple branch line on train
22 February AM Goring
1 March AM Paddington
7 March AM Southall
7 March  PM Bristol Temple Meads
7 March TBC Looe branch line on train
7 March TBC St Ives branch line on train
14 March  PM Oxford
15 March  AM Pangbourne
16 March TBC Newquay branch line on train
16 March AM West Drayton
19 March PM Twyford
21 March TBC Falmouth branch line on train
22 March AM Hayes and Harlington
27 March AM Acton Main Line
28 March AM Didcot Parkway
2 April PM Maidenhead
3 April AM West Ealing
3 April AM Tilehurst
12 April AM Hanwell
25 April AM Reading
26 April AM Pewsey

I note there are none for the Bristol - Cardiff line, and none for the TransWilts line, not even Swindon

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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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