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London Travelwatch Calls For FGW To Lose Franchise - 2738/5930
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 27th June 2007

Rail watchdog London Travelwatch has asked the government to consider terminating FirstGroup's Great Western franchise (links below.)

Re: London Travelwatch Calls For FGW To Lose Franchise - 2738/5947
Written by Nick Field on Thursday, 28th June 2007

Gazette and Herald article - Call to end 'abysmal' rail firm:

Re: London Travelwatch Calls For FGW To Lose Franchise - 2738/5951
Written by Lee on Thursday, 28th June 2007

Here is a further link on this.

Interestingly , First Great Western's sister company , First Avon and Somerset , which provides bus services in the Bath and Bristol area , has escaped being fined by the Government traffic commissioner.

A public inquiry had been held to investigate whether the company was meeting its timetable obligations.

It found that "there was very little non-compliance in Bath" and that while there were problems elsewhere , steps were being taken to address them.

Re: London Travelwatch Calls For FGW To Lose Franchise - 2738/6035
Written by Lee on Monday, 2nd July 2007

CJ Harrison condemns the London Travelwatch statement (link below.)

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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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