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New timetable does not even meet SRA guidelines - 238/599
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 16th May 2006

The SRA, last Spring, asked for a service as follows:

Swindon to Southampton through services are discontinued;

One Swindon peak service operates in each direction between Westbury and Swindon calling at Trowbridge, Melksham and Chippenham. One additional evening round trip also operates between Westbury and Swindon. This represents a reduction, from five round trips a day to two round trips a day, via Melksham

What is proposed does NOT meet this specification.

1. There are NO peak services.

Re: New timetable does not even meet SRA guidelines - 238/601
Written by Nick Field on Tuesday, 16th May 2006

Not that the SRA has been disbanded does this mean its specification no longer applies?  If the spec does apply then pehaps the wording is so loose anyway as they dont say what time exatly the 'peak' is.

Re: New timetable does not even meet SRA guidelines - 238/603
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 16th May 2006

Maybe, but I find it hard even under the loosest of specs to think of 06:20 as "evening"  ;D

Re: New timetable does not even meet SRA guidelines - 238/610
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 17th May 2006

Just a P.S.

I'm not suggesting here that the SRA proposal was the best timing for the two trains - it wasn't, it was bad. But what we seem to be coming down to is worse-than-bad.

What we SUGGESTED if it must be just two trains was designed to be useful and practical.  Basically runs out of Westbury at 07:45 and 16:45 that would pick up the four most popular current trains  (Having said that, I know  the others are getting busier now too ...)

Re: New timetable does not even meet SRA guidelines - 238/611
Written by aik4on on Thursday, 18th May 2006

This needs to be brought to the attention of DfT Rail - suggest you contact Peter West the Franchise Manager.  You need to be quick though as the timetable is currently with Network Rail for validation and once this is complete in July it will be set in stone.

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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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