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Pregnant Woman Wrongly Turned Away From Train By FGW - 1381/3859
Written by Lee on Saturday, 10th February 2007

A heavily pregnant woman was turned away from a train service because staff said it was overcrowded - despite being able to see space in the carriages (link below.)

Bath office worker Kieshia Chun suffered a panic attack on the platform after being told her train was full by a member of staff who said it wasn't his problem.

The 22-year-old is eight months pregnant and uses the train to get from Bath to her home in Weston-super-Mare.

Ms Chun later called First Great Western to ask for a refund on her weekly ticket.

She was told she would receive a return call in 24 hours but , despite following her phone call with a letter to the company , has heard nothing in response more than a week later.

Re: Pregnant Woman Wrongly Turned Away From Train By FGW - 1381/3962
Written by Lee on Saturday, 17th February 2007

FGW have now apologised (link below.)

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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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