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"We now have it right" claim FGW - 1960/4781
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Friday, 13th April 2007

Bath Chronicle:

"At the end of March, FGW boss Alison Forster admitted the company had "made some mistakes" when it took over the rail franchise for Bath and the south west.

She added: "What you have to do when you get things wrong is you've got to learn and put them right.

"We believe we've done both of those things. We're well within all our franchise commitments with the Government, we're meeting with what they expect us to do, so we may be better than others that never make a mistake."

[b]As far as the Swindon to Westbury service goes, it's pretty depressing if the MD of FGW now feels that they have it right. They're running a skeletal service with trains timed when the customers don't eant them.

Re: "We now have it right" claim FGW - 1960/4855
Written by Graz on Tuesday, 17th April 2007

Totally pretentious nonsense from WLW as usual. Not only are your comments true Graham, but MPs are still very unhappy with the very poor and unacceptable service that is still being provided, and your photos of those crowded services, rife delays and the continuing Melksham issue is evidence.

Re: "We now have it right" claim FGW - 1960/4858
Written by mrtrain99 on Wednesday, 18th April 2007

She said that recently on West Eye View I think it was, which had a 30 minute article on the state of trains in the south west.

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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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