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First Great Western Plans To Axe More Services - 1414/3914
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 14th February 2007

First Great Western is set to cut even more trains later this year , it was claimed today (link below.)

A specialist magazine says it has evidence that the much criticised rail company is planning to reduce the number of services it runs across its massive franchise area.

The latest edition of Rail magazine , which is published today , claims that the situation is set to get much worse with FGW preparing to cut costs by further cutting train numbers.

A draft franchise document obtained by Rail shows the total number of vehicles operated by FGW is set to be cut from 702 , with a total of 236,610 seats , to 643, with a total of 251,841 by next January.

FGW refused to comment before the Rail article was published.

Re: First Great Western Plans To Axe More Services - 1414/3916
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 14th February 2007

How many of those vehicle cuts could be accounted for by the removal of the buffer cars from the Bristol HSTs?

Re: First Great Western Plans To Axe More Services - 1414/3918
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 14th February 2007

From the Greater Western Franchise Agreement :

"During the period to 31st December 2007 56 additional HST passenger vehicles will be introduced following modification work and the entire fleet of HSTs (53 sets) will be re-configured over this period to achieve the configuration as shown in Table 1.2.

Re: First Great Western Plans To Axe More Services - 1414/3920
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 14th February 2007

MTLS post on this (link below.)

Re: First Great Western Plans To Axe More Services - 1414/3925
Written by paulsouthwales on Wednesday, 14th February 2007

right, ok.  why is it anticipated that the train service in our area is worse in 2007 compared to 1993?  call this progression?  even in 2001/3 our services were better!

Re: First Great Western Plans To Axe More Services - 1414/3951
Written by Lee on Friday, 16th February 2007

Further article on this (link below.)

link to index of articles

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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