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Reliability review - 168/404
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 26th February 2006

It's been suggested that more people would use the trains if they were more reliable (i.e. not cancelled as often as they are), but we've had no statistics avaibable to us to challenge what Wessex Trains have told us that our route is no more nor no less reliable then others.

Re: Reliability review - 168/405
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 26th February 2006

From the Wessex trains Passenger's charter:

Re: Reliability review - 168/475
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 29th March 2006

Oops - my electronic check of the timetables didn't take into account the clocks going forward so my Monday and Tuesday data from this week is patchy. "No report" frankly means "I don't know - I didn't check" for those two days.  The cancellation is genuine, though, and the matching train the other way probably didn't run either ...


Re: Reliability review - 168/477
Written by Sion Bretton on Wednesday, 29th March 2006

Yes we had a bus today as the 17.59 from CVhippenham was cancelled.
Bus arrived at Melksham Station at 18.40 and there was another bus just arrived from Westbury. The bus drive on this busaid  I am 1.5 hours later.

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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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