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Local Train Crew Resourcing moves to Swindon - 1469/4016
Written by gaf71 on Wednesday, 21st February 2007

Just a word of warning to you all to prepare for meltdown towards the end of March. FGW currentley has local resource managers in place at Bristol, Exeter, Par, Westbury, Fratton etc. The duties of these managers include supervising train crew as they book on, notifying them of any changes to their jobs, units etc. They also are on hand locally to sort out any problems quickly. ie: failure of units, train crew not available to work a service etc. Because they are LOCAL they can often sort out problems very quickly by using spare train crew or units, or by creative use of the resources available to them. An example is splitting 2 153's that are already in service, to use one to replace a failed unit. This would otherwise result in a cancellation. This system was what Wessex used.

Because FGW can save money by getting rid of these jobs, from some time at the end of March, this is all going to be controlled centrally from FGW control in Swindon, by someone with possibly no local knowledge of certain routes. FGW have been warned repeatedly that this system will not work, and result in many, many cancellations, but with their usual head in the sand attitude are continuing with this anyway.

A footnote to this subject is that this was supposed to happen at the end of last year, but because they realise what a good job the resource managers do, it has been put off til this point, and i hope the reason is that they have a better system in place. I don't think so some how........ Be warned!

Re: Local Train Crew Resourcing moves to Swindon - 1469/4024
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 21st February 2007

We're very grateful to management staff at Westbury - not sure if exactly this person / role you're talking about - for switching sets around on days of unusual traffic flows, and for dealing with other such issues.  Like you, I hope that the change is because they have a better system in place ....

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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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