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First cancellation - 207/504
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Friday, 7th April 2006

I notice the the 05:52 was cancelled this morning ... new franchise less that a week old ...

But to be fair to First, they HAVE told us that they had no magic want to wave on 1st April and it will take a time to see changes in the service reliability.  And on recent history, just 4 services lost to engineering works and 1 or 2 cancelled (not sure about the 06:56) is actually an excellent performance

Re: First cancellation - 207/519
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Friday, 21st April 2006

Looks like yesterday was First's worst yet ... 3 or 4 trains cancelled out of 10.  And the cancelleations were the busiest trains of the day too!  Anyone know what happened?

Re: First cancellation - 207/520
Written by Nick Field on Friday, 21st April 2006

I'd like to know what happened too, is there anywhere that this is logged, or does anyone who intending travelling on the trains know?  I guess it must be due to a train breakdown or techinical fault with the train, or staff shortages, or more unlikely a track defect.  Hope the all is ok tonight!

Re: First cancellation - 207/521
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Friday, 21st April 2006

Think you heard this tonight ... but for those who didnt'

The MORNING train left Westbury OK but hit a deer on the line and had to turn back before Trowbridge

The AFTERNOON train was cancelled because of "rolling stock malfunction" ... not to the train that was scheduled to make the run but to a train on another route, and the Westbury to Swindon train was "stolen" to take up the other duty.

Re: First cancellation - 207/522
Written by Sion Bretton on Saturday, 22nd April 2006

Lets hope they do not slip up too much like the Old Wessex Trains, only time will tell  ::).

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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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