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Please post your introduction - 2264/5225
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 14th May 2007

If you're new, you're welcome to post your introduction and bio here - and do tell us a little bit about how you're interested in the TransWilts and other train services.  We have a pretty broad view and accept wide discussions, but we do drawn the line at "flyposters" who sign up here to advertise off-topic subjects, sometimes with graphic sample material.  Such posts are automatically deleted within a short while by our "bot"  ;)

Re: Please post your introduction - 2264/5242
Written by beagle03 on Monday, 14th May 2007

I'm Ryan an ex- First Group Revenue Control Officer now Marketier from the South East. I'm interested in saving the TransWilts route because I think it's an excellent cross link route which I have used many times while in that area, and I also believe it to be a viable route. I can't say I liked the Greater Western franchise agreement as it merges many route decisions into one operator (although to be honest I am impressed with First Group overall). I'm not against First Great Western but I am against some of their policies though.

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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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