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Cancellations and delays - gathering data - 120/269
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 16th January 2006

In order to have a more accurate measure of just how many trains are cancelled and how many are delayed, I've started to routinely gather the information and I'm putting the raw data on the web site.

Once I've got a good chunk of data available, I'll run some further analysis.

[color=Orange]All trains have run[/color] so far today, so I've not been able to test the new code as well as I would like - please let me know if you spot any errors or strange things on my page when we've had something to wrong with the service.

Re: Cancellations and delays - gathering data - 120/271
Written by Sion Bretton on Tuesday, 17th January 2006

17.46 from Swindon / 17.59 frim Chippenham is the one I notice cancelled the most.

Re: Cancellations and delays - gathering data - 120/279
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 17th January 2006

[quote author=Sion Bretton link=topic=120.msg271#msg271 date=1137528587]
17.46 from Swindon / 17.59 frim Chippenham is the one I notice cancelled the most.

As the data gathers, we'll be able to quantify what's happening.  It could be simply that the 17:46 is more noticed because it's used by more people - because of our customer base, I would lalk about the 17:02 from Melksham as the one I notice ... these days, I always check if it's running before dropping anyone off, and make other arrangements for them if I have to.

What the statistics are never going to be able to tell me is about how many people are on trains connection on to the line that are delayed, so that the connections miss.

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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.

-- Graham Ellis, (webmaster), February 2021

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