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An invitation to the First Group - 196/480
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 30th March 2006
The Wessex Trains web site is reflecting on their four years in charge ... coming to an end on 31st March 2006.
Amongst other comments, they state We have grown the number of people travelling by rail in the South West by over 27%.
I would like to congratulate them on this achievement, and on the evern great growth of travellers buying tickers to and from Melksham which more than doubled in their first three years from 13000 to 27000 per annum.
The Wessex trains staff that we know are transferring to the First Group, and remain our contacts at least until we're notified otherwise.
Re: An invitation to the First Group - 196/485
Written by Graz on Friday, 31st March 2006
Goodbye Wessex, they've provided a mostly first class service for my 3 years of travel despite some mishaps (especially recently). They've done well in building up the timetable and have helped increase passenger numbers in the west as well as Melksham. They'll be sorely missed.
As the information monitors at Cheltenham SPa displayed today...
Wessex Trains 2001-2006 RIP
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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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