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Rail Operations Boost Stagecoach - 3536/7018
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 22nd August 2007

Stagecoach has reported trading ahead of expectations (link below.)

Like-for-like revenues were up 7.6% in the three months to 21 July , despite floods disrupting some operations.

Revenues at its UK Rail business drove the strong performance , climbing 15% on a like-for-like basis , while revenues at Virgin Rail - in which Stagecoach has a 49% stake - rose 13.4%.

Re: Rail Operations Boost Stagecoach - 3536/7025
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 22nd August 2007

Now that the new SWT and FGW frachises are settling down, perhaps it would be a good time to have a further look at the practicallity of having South West Trains continue a service that terminates at Salisbury from the South/East extend to Warminster, Dilton Marsh, Westbury, Trowbridge, Melksham, Chippenham and perhaps Swindon.

SWT have a major depot at Salisbury from where they operate a fleet of trains that have a reputation for smoothness, cleanliness and reliability that would be the envy of most operators ... and there is a substantial potential traffic from London (in the form of Waterloo) and / or Southampton up to West and North Wiltshire, as well as for local traffic.  SWT already operate on thsi route as far as Trowbridge anyway ... and if you talk to people in that town you'll find a great fondness for their "Waterloo trains" which they defend to the hilt!

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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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