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A timetable for the future? - 1518/4108
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 28th February 2007

I posted these (presentations thanks to Chris ...) a couple of months back in the dark days where, frankly, I thought it was unlikely for us to get a return to an appropriate service.

Re: A timetable for the future? - 1518/4111
Written by James on Wednesday, 28th February 2007

Do you want me to try & work out the crew diagrams

Re: A timetable for the future? - 1518/4112
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 28th February 2007

[quote author=James link=topic=1518.msg4111#msg4111 date=1172680835]
Do you want me to try & work out the crew diagrams

Thanks James, but no.  I rather think we've moved on to the stage now where this might actually have been done for various combinations and slightly amended versions of one or other of those two sample timetables (or even both).  I'll have my ear to the ground in Taunton on Saturday and here on Monday and we may hear more.

Re: A timetable for the future? - 1518/4143
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Friday, 2nd March 2007

I understand that we've got a letter in the post this morning offering significant backing (though not financial) of the case for a decent TransWilts service, very officially from the County Council.  Good step - very good step.  I've not seen a full copy yet - just had it read out to me - so I want to get a chance to read it carefully / check whether it's all open/publishable before I go much further in describing content.

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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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