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Good/Terrible Train experiences - 2074/4933
Written by tomowl on Sunday, 22nd April 2007


...a uni student here. (I know, I know!.. I won't be tax dodging for too much longer!)

Need a favour... basically i'm compiling a book on trains... looking at the good old days (steam)...where people use to now... where we are treated so poorly.

I wonder if you could tell me about what really annoys you on your train journeys, or any stories or experiences you may have that have frustrated you.

What can you see happening in the future? What needs to be done to give us a network that is enjoyable to use?

On another angle, what makes you like trains? Good experiences?

Interested in your views,

Thank you


Re: Good/Terrible Train experiences - 2074/4939
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 22nd April 2007

Hi, Tom, and welcome.

Every line / service tends to have local interests and its own story - it'll be quite a task correlating some of the issues - however, there are underlying trends across the individual franchises, and across the country.

Re: Good/Terrible Train experiences - 2074/4953
Written by Lee on Monday, 23rd April 2007

Hi Tom and welcome to the forum. If you want to know where I think this is going , check out the link below.

[quote author=Graham Ellis link=topic=2074.msg4939#msg4939 date=1177232208]There's so much more a community approach could do.

link to index of articles

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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