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Draft timetables - 145/343
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 8th February 2006

Draft timetables are being sent out on Firday 10th or Monday 13th Febuary, and I'm on the "consultation list".  Please allow me 24 hours to read 'em, understand 'em, extract relevant information (if I get a complete set for the whole GW) and get 'em up here.  So if you want to come back here late on Valentine's day ...

Re: Draft timetables - 145/460
Written by Sion Bretton on Monday, 13th March 2006

where are the draft timetable for weekend services. I could not find it on First Group's web site.

Re: Draft timetables - 145/463
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 13th March 2006

[quote author=Sion Bretton link=topic=145.msg460#msg460 date=1142275663]
where are the draft timetable for weekend services. I could not find it on First Group's web site.

I don't think they're on line ... and I don't have my own copy either, but I have seen a set; that's where I managed to note at least the Swindon timing of the "via Melksham" trains on Saturday and Sunday.  I have an email in to First to ask for the Sunday trains FROM Swindon as they appeared to have been omitted - just two Northbound evening trains and no return journeys.

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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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