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Summer of Chaos? - 1420/3924
Written by Exestudent on Wednesday, 14th February 2007
Now that at least a few of the cranks in sinking ship that is FGW seem to have been patched up, temporarily at least, my thoughts have moved towards what I see is their next big problem
Re: Summer of Chaos? - 1420/3929
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 15th February 2007
I guess the $64k question reads ... "is the operator planning to strengthen trains to meet a market which is inherently unprofitable for them"?
Re: Summer of Chaos? - 1420/3935
Written by tonya on Thursday, 15th February 2007
My frome mole who has been talking with train staff says they are concerned because there are no plans to increase rolling stock on the Frome Weymouth line over summer, and no extra trains for glastonbury either. What else could we expect with a further 10% cut in rolling stock planned this year?
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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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