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Service under review - passenger counts being taken - 1658/4367
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 18th March 2007
Quote from my inbox, from a traveller over the last couple of days ...
I was chatting to the conductor and he advise me they have to count the passengers on the Melksham Services as they are under review!
Someting of a double edged sword .... they damned well SHOULD be under review because of the totally inappropriate timetable that's currently being operatated, which is not fit for the purpose of carrying passengers when they want to travel.
Re: Service under review - passenger counts being taken - 1658/4381
Written by Ruthg on Monday, 19th March 2007
[quote author=Graham Ellis link=topic=1658.msg4367#msg4367 date=1174217546]
Someting of a double edged sword .... they damned well SHOULD be under review because of the totally inappropriate timetable that's currently being operatated, which is not fit for the purpose of carrying passengers when they want to travel. [/quote]
So much so that they travel instead on the later but extremely overcrowded services to Bath Spa, like I did this morning. A 2 carriage train from Portsmouth-Cardiff, bursting at the seams!
If only they could see that if they ran a better service via Melksham they could ease some of the pressure off the other line, it's not rocket science.
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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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