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Protest badges - 2220/5158
Written by IhateFGW on Wednesday, 9th May 2007

I'm writing because I was reading back over my blog, and found a message from More Train Less Strain asking for a delivery of "I Hate First Great Western" badges.
The badges have now been available for a while, but I'd forgotten your request. So, how many would you like, who should I send them to, and is there anyone else visiting this forum that would like one?
Please send your requests to, including your name and address, or see my blog for more information
I've had a good response so far, with badges being sent out to disgruntled commuters across the network, from Maidenhead to Penzance, but I need more support. Please request a badge and wear it with pride.
Many thanks
Helen (I Hate FGW)

Re: Protest badges - 2220/5159
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 9th May 2007

Helen, I'm going to email the MTLS folks and let them know about your post / offer

Re: Protest badges - 2220/5169
Written by tramway on Thursday, 10th May 2007

Even recogonising a very flawed system, I have very little sympathy with First Group corporate arrogance, they didn't have to bid that amount, which has left them with a huge mountain to climb to restore any semblance of passenger (and public) confidence. Not the best corporate governance standards I've come across.

Neither do the words of Tom Harris that he 'will keep an eye on First' do anything to make me believe that transport by rail in West Wilts is going to improve for a very long time.

Re: Protest badges - 2220/5170
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 10th May 2007

Rail Minister Tom Harris also said  Bristol Evening Post article written after the opening of the new platform at Bristol Parkway):

"We have already committed to providing 1,000 new carriages across the country, to be used where they are most needed."

Surely one of them is most needed from Swindon to West Wilts and Salisbury, isn't it?  Or at least place the new carriages elsewhere and cascade an older one that's already had its teething troubles down to us ....

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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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