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1702 & 1809 Both Cancelled 11/07/06 - 306/839
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 11th July 2006

Both trains cancelled due to train failure (links below.)

Re: 1702 & 1809 Both Cancelled 11/07/06 - 306/840
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 11th July 2006

2 out of 50 weekday trains cancelled last week, and 2 out of 50 so far this week ... 4% which is about average; not really sensible to quote the figure for this week yet as we've only on Tuesday.

Re: 1702 & 1809 Both Cancelled 11/07/06 - 306/841
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 11th July 2006

Looks like they've fixed the train

Re: 1702 & 1809 Both Cancelled 11/07/06 - 306/994
Written by Sion Bretton on Monday, 24th July 2006

so they are not fined so much as the train arrived at Southampton.
First divert trains as well, so the train runs and no fine

Re: 1702 & 1809 Both Cancelled 11/07/06 - 306/1005
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 25th July 2006

I've never fully got to the bottom of the cancellation algorithm, but I do know that the punctuality one relates to arrival within a certain number of minutes of schedule at final destination, and that many trains have a "recovery time" built in to the timetables.

In many ways, the principle of a recovery time is a good one; helps get things back on schedule in the event of disruption.

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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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