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Trowbridge station - signage and lack of interest - 1824/4601
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 2nd April 2007

Have you noticed that since last December, the only train timetables at Trowbridge have been for the Portsmouth - Cardiff and Bristol - Waterloo routes - quite remarkable that First have chosen not to advertise their Weymouth or Swindon services!  I've brought this to their attention several times, but I note that new timetables put up in the last few days still exclude all FGW services except those on the old Wessex Trains main line.

Me thinks that actions speak louder than words - we're assured that First are interested inthe future of the service to Swindon and yet they don't take the simplest of steps to promote it. And I note that yet again this morning that the 07:00 Westbury to Swindon is cancelled due to a train fault - the ONLY train from the old Wessex Fleet (now known as the West fleet) to be cancelled.

Re: Trowbridge station - signage and lack of interest - 1824/4602
Written by Sion Bretton on Monday, 2nd April 2007

Yes the 7.17 was cancelled there were 4 people waiting, I was given a lift to Chippenham.
So I do not know if they put on a bus.
Good start 1 year on since First Group took over.  ???

Re: Trowbridge station - signage and lack of interest - 1824/4837
Written by Sion Bretton on Monday, 16th April 2007

There was a poster but at Trowbridge to advise Melksham service, but this been replaced with a poster showing Bristol/Weymouth Service. >:(

Re: Trowbridge station - signage and lack of interest - 1824/4843
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 17th April 2007

It does appear, then, that promises to put a sign up and leave it up are empty ones .... how the hell can anyone learn about trains and catch them if there aren't even timetables displayed at the stations they call at!

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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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