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Letters of Complaint - FGW balsted again - 1497/4064
Written by Nick Field on Sunday, 25th February 2007

From the Bath Chronicle:

Re: Letters of Complaint - FGW balsted again - 1497/4070
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 26th February 2007

The letters show a continuning state of disarray / of changes made in the last 3 months which have resulted in not less problems but more - ranging from new ticket barriers that don't take season tickets and subject their users, on a daily basis, to being picked out for manual verification by FGW staff through to unreliability issues, hiked prices, and train services that don't go when and where they're needed, with staff being unaware of the routings and options.

To be fair to FGW, how often do we right a "Well Done" letter when a journey works out OK? The majority of their trains do run and on time (although the figure is way below the acceptable minimum) and (though not on the TransWilts, I'm afraid) there are some timings, I'm sure, which improved in December.

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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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