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Written questions from Wiltshire District Councillors to FGW - 1830/4609
Written by mrosier on Monday, 2nd April 2007
[b]Questions and answers from Members sent to First Great Western
Re: Written questions from Wiltshire District Councillors to FGW - 1830/4614
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 3rd April 2007
Thanks, Malcolm .... I'll let others reach their own conclusions based on the answers rather that weighing in with my own thoughts.
By the way - time / questions were very much dedicated in other parts of the meeting to the true "Cinderalla" service that runs through Trowbridge - Swindon to Westbury - which isn't even advertised on the timetable sheet at the station, is poorly timed, and in the last week (as I write) has suffered a 10% weekday cancellation rate.
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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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