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Cancellation on 28th February evening - 1520/4116
Written by Trowres on Wednesday, 28th February 2007

18:27 Southampton Central to Cheltenham Spa due 21:27
This train will be terminated at Westbury. It will no longer call at: Trowbridge, Melksham, Chippenham, Swindon, Kemble, Stroud, Stonehouse, Gloucester and Cheltenham Spa. This is due to a member of train crew being unavailable due to sickness

(Some other Stroud valley services this evening also cancelled, but they appear to be a different diagram, the trouble beginning with termination of a Taunton-Worcester train at Gloucester).

Re: Cancellation on 28th February evening - 1520/4117
Written by James on Wednesday, 28th February 2007

Gloucester crew causing the problem there then. Westbury crew don't sign the Golden Valley, so they had no choice but to canx it!

Re: Cancellation on 28th February evening - 1520/4127
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 1st March 2007

The logging system says that it ran ... 8 late at Melksham.  Anyone knwo what happened? re-instated??

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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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