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First's standard answers leave out answer to the questions actually asked - 1243/3553
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 28th January 2007

Many thanks to people who have copied me on letters from Alison Forster and others asking about the TransWilts service which has been abysmally unriable and EVEN MORE IMPORTANTLY has (and remains with an inadequate number of services, both of which run at the wrong time of day.

Here's a quote from my comment back to one of the authors - I felt it could be useful to post it more widely

[i]These are mostly pretty standard paragraphs being send out all over the place.

Re: First's standard answers leave out answer to the questions actually asked - 1243/3554
Written by Sion Bretton on Sunday, 28th January 2007

Yes I too  >:(  not had points answered in e-mail. I just write back to thank you for thier reply,  then  add comments like you have not answered my points and then you remind them of the points missed off.

I have had repies to my points.

Yes Graham I think the have standard paragraphs, saves them time replying.

Graham do you think Alison Foster reads all the e-mails. I would love to know how many she gets a day.

I know that all complaints should be logged and  then number reported to some Goverment Department, I am sure you can confirm this.

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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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