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So has FGW improved its service? - 1355/3796
Written by tonya on Wednesday, 7th February 2007

The answer is no. In fact they have reneged on their agreement to incerase the early morning taruin from Frome to Bristol to 4 coaches. This is where we are now:
Up till this week the capacity problem had improved slightly with the 8 extra trans pennine coaches, so whilst the trains have remained full to near capacity, generally people could get on the train. A passeneger on the train said that up till today the train service had not got better but had been less worse!

However as the service is being run to its limits with no fall back stock to cover for breakdowns etc, it only needs a breath of wind for the whole pack of cards to come tumbling down.

This week the 7:28 through Bath to Bristol which FGW made much play about that they were increasing from 2 to 4 coaches on a permanent basis has slipped back to 2 coaches. Yesterday It was three. Today it was 2 with the consequence that I travelled with another passenger in the doorwell (inward opening doors- they could't have been opened if there was an emergency) The train was filled beyond capacity and left some passengers behind at Oldfield Park, and left everyone behind at Keynsham.

So no change there then.

Re: So has FGW improved its service? - 1355/3807
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 7th February 2007

[quote author=tonya link=topic=1355.msg3796#msg3796 date=1170839341]
... the service is being run to its limits with no fall back stock to cover for breakdowns etc, it only needs a breath of wind for the whole pack of cards to come tumbling down. ...

I think you've hit the nail on the head there.

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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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