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Westbury - Swindon 07:00 - 1341/3770
Written by Ruthg on Monday, 5th February 2007

The train ran this morning but it was so cold (as it was one of those buses on rails) I could see my breath. Does anyone know if there are any rules for minimum temperatures allowable on public transport?

Re: Westbury - Swindon 07:00 - 1341/3777
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 6th February 2007

I don't know.  But it does make me cringe when I hear all the publicity about improvements emmenating from First to find that minimum comfort levels aren't met

Re: Westbury - Swindon 07:00 - 1341/3810
Written by James on Wednesday, 7th February 2007

Sadly I don' think there are any regs, but it would of soon warmed up after all the commuters had cammed in at Bath

Re: Westbury - Swindon 07:00 - 1341/3824
Written by Dawn on Thursday, 8th February 2007

I'd be a bit worried if it did.

It dosn't go to Bath!  Well if it did as it did once we'ed be stuck at Melksham again.

Re: Westbury - Swindon 07:00 - 1341/3839
Written by gaf71 on Friday, 9th February 2007

There are no regs on minimum requirements, but the reason for the dodgy heating was probably the fact that since FGW pulled out of the Canton depot at Cardiff, to their new (unfinished) depot at St Phillips Marsh, there is a severe lack of parts if anything goes wrong(for Sprinters), and also a lack of fitters to complete any repairs. An example of this is the 158 which has been on the depot at Exeter St Davids for at least two months waiting for a new side window for the drivers cab. While it has been sat there it has been stripped of many parts to use for repairs on other 158's!

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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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