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Letter received from Peter West - 137/325
Written by Nick Field on Friday, 3rd February 2006

I received a letter today from the Franchise manager at the DfT - Peter West.

Re: Letter received from Peter West - 137/327
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Friday, 3rd February 2006

Thanks, Nick ... I got one in too ... rather similar ... but I was training all day and didn't get a chance to post.  Then we took the 17:02 to Swindon - or rathet to Chippenham where it terminated.  A story for the morning!

Re: Letter received from Peter West - 137/336
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 5th February 2006

Full text of my letter is now on line at [url][/url].

Re: Letter received from Peter West - 137/338
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 5th February 2006

Thanks to others who have forwarded copies of this letter and ones from First too. 

I OPE I've got to most people personally to say "thank you" but I'm rushed off my feet with this - I've got a job and much else to do too.  If I've missed you, the following "Thank you" applies!

Peter West has been quite busy answering letters, as have a number of others.  Much of the text is similar (the power of the computer!) but never the less it IS meaning that the service through Melksham is at least coming to the attention of the decision makers.

In the letter you forwarded, along with others, Peter West has rather missed the point that an increase in services would lead to a disproportionate increase in traffic and a better financial prognosis.  I've written to him to ask him to review in the light of that.


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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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