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BBC1, Points West, 18:30 - 352/1035
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 27th July 2006

I'm just back from the station ... may be a piece on Points West tonight (27th July)

Re: BBC1, Points West, 18:30 - 352/1040
Written by Sion Bretton on Thursday, 27th July 2006

was it on Points west?
Missed Points west as the 17.59 was later over 20 minutes late.

Re: BBC1, Points West, 18:30 - 352/1042
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 27th July 2006

Yes ... short but pointed piece.  So rare to see Melksham on the local news ... me saying how we're dropping from 10 to 4 trains, interviewer shows frieght train passing through and saying they'll be more freight than passenger services here in the future ... cut to Andrew Griffiths of First talking proudly about "not all being bad" and for-instancing the new very early moning train from Bristol to London.  Progam segment concluded that First, who are more used to operating the main line, are building up the log distance stuff at the expense of local services.

Re: BBC1, Points West, 18:30 - 352/1044
Written by Nick Field on Thursday, 27th July 2006

I saw it - good to get some publicity on the West Country news.

Re: BBC1, Points West, 18:30 - 352/1068
Written by Sion Bretton on Friday, 28th July 2006

yes late going up to Swindon (20 mins).

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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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