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12th May - Andrew Griffiths of First at Melksham Railway Development Group - 224/568
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 29th April 2006
The details are PROVISIONAL - to be confirmed next week.
Andrew Griffiths, the General Manager Central, First Great Western, will be addressing the meeting of the Melksham Rail Development group at Melksham Town Hall on Friday, 12th May (and, I hope, taking questions). The meeting will start at 18:15 (we can arrange lifts off the 18:09 arrival from Swindon and Chippenham). Andrew needs to leave us at 19:30 to catch a train home.
Andrew is now the Manager who looks after customer liaison in a wide area based on Bristol, covering the main line down to Portsmouth, Bristol local area services, services in Glouctershire, etc. He was previously with Wessex Trains, where he looked after the Devon and Cornwall branch lines, where he's credited with encouraging a healthy growth in traffic.
Anyone who wishes to is welcome to attend the meeting, which will be followed by the group's AGM.
Re: 12th May - Andrew Griffiths of First at Melksham Railway Development Group - 224/575
Written by Nick Field on Thursday, 4th May 2006
I'll be ok to come along to this one, and would like to come by train if possible :)
Re: 12th May - Andrew Griffiths of First at Melksham Railway Development Group - 224/576
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Friday, 5th May 2006
I'll pick you up off the 18:09
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Written by Sion Bretton on Saturday, 6th May 2006
I hope to come along as well
Re: 12th May - Andrew Griffiths of First at Melksham Railway Development Group - 224/592
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 15th May 2006
A big thank you to everyone who came along, and an especial thanks to Andrew.
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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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