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Frustrated commuters set fire to station and destroy trains - 2279/5267
Written by tonya on Wednesday, 16th May 2007
An example to us??
Re: Frustrated commuters set fire to station and destroy trains - 2279/5268
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 16th May 2007
Not sure about that. Come December , we are likely to need all the carriages we can get.....
Re: Frustrated commuters set fire to station and destroy trains - 2279/5282
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 16th May 2007
I am very used to seeing 4 (I think it is) carriages int eh sidings at Thingley which look distinctly destroyed. That wasn't done by some angry commuters in days gone by was it?
Re: Frustrated commuters set fire to station and destroy trains - 2279/5286
Written by Nick Field on Thursday, 17th May 2007
[quote author=Graham Ellis link=topic=2279.msg5282#msg5282 date=1179349929]
I am very used to seeing 4 (I think it is) carriages int eh sidings at Thingley which look distinctly destroyed.
Re: Frustrated commuters set fire to station and destroy trains - 2279/5288
Written by tramway on Thursday, 17th May 2007
Couldn't say if they are the actual ones but IIRC a football special a few years back had a particularly nasty case of vandalism including being set fire to, and which subsequently led to the banning of alchohol on every special since.
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Save the Train was the campaign to bring an approriate train service back to and through Melksham.
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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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