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Devon and Cornwall deals in February - 133/313
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 30th January 2006

Wessex Trains is pleased to announce that for the remaining weekends in January and February the return fares on all five Cornish branch lines will be reduced to just

Re: Devon and Cornwall deals in February - 133/316
Written by Nick Field on Tuesday, 31st January 2006

I made a point a few months ago about there being no promotion or advertising for Trans Wilts. A similar offer for Trans Wilts would be a great way of getting people back on board at weekends (and a nice gesture) once all the engineering work is finsihed.  Graham do you have a contact at Wessex who we could pass this idea on to?

Re: Devon and Cornwall deals in February - 133/317
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 31st January 2006

Maybe ... they have business managers in Bristol (covering us) who I know, and in Devon Cornwall.  But it's probably far too "end of term" as I'm not sure whether the people at that level will be joining First or not, and if so in what role.  If I was xxxxxx, then at the moment I think I would be more concerned with my future that a last minute promotion.  Having said that, xxxxxxx in our area is someone who I have a great respect for and I hope will still be around.

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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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