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Significantly less "Updates" on FGW website recently - 1201/3437
Written by streety7 on Wednesday, 24th January 2007

This time about 2 weeks ago, there was about 30 updates at 1 time on the FGW website.
Today, there are just 4. These are them:

15:05 London Paddington to Penzance due 20:35
This train has been revised. It will no longer call at: Newton Abbot, Totnes, Plymouth, Liskeard, Bodmin Parkway, Par, St Austell, Truro, Redruth, Camborne, St Erth and Penzance. No further information is available at this time.
21:28 Worcester Foregate Street to Swindon due 22:59
This train will be started from Gloucester. It will no longer call at: Worcester Foregate Street, Worcester Shrub Hill, Ashchurch For Tewkesbury and Cheltenham Spa. No further information is available at this time.
18:38 Taunton to Worcester Foregate Street due 21:17
This train will be terminated at Gloucester. It will no longer call at: Cheltenham Spa, Ashchurch For Tewkesbury, Worcester Shrub Hill and Worcester Foregate Street. No further information is available at this time.
17:33 London Paddington to Paignton due 21:17
This train has been revised. It will no longer call at: Exeter St Thomas, Starcross and Torre. No further information is available at this time.

Since the Kemble Landslip incident, all the live updates have been displayed as "No further information is available at this time." I wonder if this is an error on the FGW site or they have forgot to enable links on the updates.
I note the last FGW southbound train serving Worcester & Ashchurch has gone.

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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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