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This morning - 1463/4004
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 21st February 2007

06:44 - a 153 running 4 minutes late. 2 passengers on the train when it arrived in Melksham.  1 off and 2 on; the through passenger was an FGW employee, and I was one of the two on.  All three of us off at Trowbridge - just crew on to Westbury.

07:17 - a 158 running a couple of minutes late.  Somewhere around 30 on from Trowbridge, 2 off and 2 on at Melksham.  I took the opportunity of the few minutes ride to walk up and down and chat with old friends.  Seems to be a substantial majority of them who find the new timing far too early - not one person said "the new times are great".  They were also talking about the evening train being too late at the moment.

Re: This morning - 1463/4013
Written by Dawn on Wednesday, 21st February 2007

I find the morning train too late.  I used to be in the office for 8 it's now 9:30ish.  The evening one could be a bit earlier too!

Re: This morning - 1463/4039
Written by James on Thursday, 22nd February 2007

I was on the 1841 from Swindon tonight, 2 off 0 on at Melksham

Re: This morning - 1463/4043
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Friday, 23rd February 2007

Thanks, James .... I think it's pretty universal that the evening train is too late ...

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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.

-- Graham Ellis, (webmaster), February 2021

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