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Overcrowded services this Easter - 1890/4693
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 8th April 2007

A trip to Bristol yesterday .... and even on a Saturday these are the conditions to / from Trowbridge:

Ironically, our trip was to a train meeting at which First told us that they currently ("This morning") have 69 units on the West fleet, of which 51 are required to operate the service.

Re: Overcrowded services this Easter - 1890/4712
Written by stuj on Monday, 9th April 2007

Which service was this? I was coming back to Bath Spa from Exeter on Saturday and got the 11.12 from Westbury to Bath and it was rammed like the photos below, I counted 50-60 standing and this was just in the 'carriage' I was in.

I have to say I'm getting truly fed up of being on FGW services and standing all the way because of busy services. On a recent Friday night service, once falling out of the train at Southampton having stood from Bath, I rang FGW there and then and went off on one - I got a letter back (with a

Re: Overcrowded services this Easter - 1890/4832
Written by James on Monday, 16th April 2007

I will give you ALL a tenner if Arriva are gone by May!

To my knowledge, Bristol crew have not yet been learned south of Westbury (on the Pompey Line) so there is no scope for it, unless they re-diagram the whole of Westbury crew!

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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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