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1728 Cheltenham Spa - Westbury Cancelled (23/08/2007) - 3558/7046
Written by Lee on Thursday, 23rd August 2007

From the FGW website :

17:28 Cheltenham Spa to Westbury due 19:25
This train has been cancelled. This is due to signalling problems.

Re: 1728 Cheltenham Spa - Westbury Cancelled (23/08/2007) - 3558/7053
Written by Sion Bretton on Friday, 24th August 2007

But the train arrived at Chippenham at 19.02, I came off the 18.55 at Chippenham from Bristol TM. I did not catch it as I was being picked up in Chippenham

Re: 1728 Cheltenham Spa - Westbury Cancelled (23/08/2007) - 3558/7058
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Friday, 24th August 2007


The reports tend to give a snapshot and have some inaccuracies .... certainly the TranWilts services suffer a far higher proportion of cancellations that 'most any other.  It's a shame when something is announced as cancelled then runs ... I suspect it has a major effect on confidence and loading.    On the other hand, if they are "pretty well sure" a train is cancelled, better to announce it early rather than have people needlessly inconvenienced - those odd occasions (rare but not unique) of a service being restored are inevitable.

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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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