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Proposed December 2007 Timetable Specification Changes - 2918/6198
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 10th July 2007
Here are the proposed December 2007 timetable specification changes , courtesy of Severn Tunnel Action Group (link below.)
Lots of franchise documents can also be accessed from the link below.
A Bristol Evening Post article (link below) details some of the timetable changes , which include restoring the Cardiff - Taunton link.
Re: Proposed December 2007 Timetable Specification Changes - 2918/6205
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 10th July 2007
There are some quite interesting changes in there ... and some things that are interesting by their absence.
Re: Proposed December 2007 Timetable Specification Changes - 2918/6216
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 11th July 2007
No changes proposed to either the Melksham or Severn Beach line specifications. One would have thought that FGW would have included these as a precaution , given the links below.
According to the Bristol City Council Physical Environment Scrutiny Commission Severn Beach Line Update (03/04/2007) , agreement had been reached in principle with FGW to run a 40 min frequency train service between Bristol Temple Meads - Avonmouth on Monday to Saturday inclusive , and that discussions were required with South Gloucestershire Council to ensure that the Avonmouth - Severn Beach rail - replacement bus linked in with the trains.
The Severn Beach line specification currently requires an all - day Saturday train service to be provided to Severn Beach , which means that it would have to be altered to allow the 40 min frequency train service between Bristol Temple Meads - Avonmouth (with a bus link to Severn Beach) to run.
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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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