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December 2007 Timetable - 2467/5525
Written by paulsouthwales on Monday, 4th June 2007

Apologies first of all if a thread has already been started on this.

Does anyone know if there is going to be a timetable consultation for the Greater Western December 2007 timetable?  I am looking to find out what the plans are on the South Wales - London/Bristol/Portsmouth route, and in Devon/Cornwall, and obviously for Melksham.

There is no hint of anything on the operator website at the moment, and when I spoke to CS a few months ago, I was told there was no plans for such a consultation this time  :(

Does anyone know any different?

Re: December 2007 Timetable - 2467/5534
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 5th June 2007

I understand

1. there will NOT be a major consultation exercise like there was last year

2. On Swindon - Westbury, there are discussions underway and I'm sure further inputs would be welcomed.

Re: December 2007 Timetable - 2467/5538
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 5th June 2007

[quote author=Graham Ellis link=topic=2467.msg5534#msg5534 date=1181029959]3. I understand there IS a 12 week consultation period on "Westbury to Southampton" or something like that, BUT I don't have full details nor do I know whether it's a public consultation of just "interested parties" which in the past has meant DfT, Network Rail, Train Operators and local transport authorities such as Wiltshire County Council.

This *is* a new subject Paul - anyone please chip in with what you know as I don't want to get caught be any unpublicised consultations and then be told "but you didn't respond" ... as happened in the spring of 2005 and gave the powers that be the "excuse they needed" to withdraw the booming Swindon to Southampton service.[/quote]

I have received a letter from the DfT on this very subject.....

Quote :

"With regard to Dilton Marsh, the service which First Great Western intends to operate from December 2007 is currently subject to public consultation over the next 12 weeks.

Re: December 2007 Timetable - 2467/5861
Written by paulsouthwales on Sunday, 24th June 2007

Has anyone seen any provisional details of the December 07 timetable for the wider greater western area yet?  Is it or will it be 'available' to passengers? Presumably then, as we are now nearly into July, there is no "public" consultation this year? 

Re: December 2007 Timetable - 2467/5873
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 25th June 2007

[quote author=paulsouthwales link=topic=2467.msg5861#msg5861 date=1182707097]
Has anyone seen any provisional details of the December 07 timetable for the wider greater western area yet?

Re: December 2007 Timetable - 2467/5883
Written by Lee on Monday, 25th June 2007

[quote author=Graham Ellis link=topic=2467.msg5873#msg5873 date=1182762068]With talk of the fleet shrinking again this Autumn / December, I also worry - I hope needlessly - as to whether a few other services may quietly disappear from the timetables, be shortened further in formation, or be rescheduled to run in marginal time when trains are available but there is little demand for services.

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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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