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Wiltshire vs London - 1393/3878
Written by mark-scott on Sunday, 11th February 2007

I got the chance to spend a week in London on a training course.  Started off as usual in Chippenham waiting for the 17:25 train.  This was delayed until 17:50 got me into london for 19;20. 

The differences then started, the Tube was regular like 2-3 minutes between each train, if you miss one then no bother as the next one will soon be there.  On the Wednesday evening I went west to meet a friend, the district / circle line was blocked due to a train with a broken door.  Train moved off qithin 5 minutes and line was back to normal after that.

I also tried the busses (I have downwards esculators!) and I found them to be reliable, however the only moan I have is about the numbering of the bus stops, Stop L, Stop X?  and no idea where they are :)

Im not saying to have a 2 minute bus service in Wiltshire nor having a 5 minute rapid transit rail system, all Im saying is that if Transport can be run like clockwork in London moving millions of people a day, why can't we have a reliable service here?

Re: Wiltshire vs London - 1393/3879
Written by Nick Field on Monday, 12th February 2007

Mark - are you able to attend the meeting on the 5th March to put these points across?  It would be great if lots of past / present / potential users of the trans wilts service were in attendance  :)

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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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