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First is ordered to improve punctuallity - 370/1114
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Friday, 4th August 2006

"Britain's biggest train operator has been ordered by the Rail Regulator to improve its dismal punctuality record. First Great Western has frequently resorted to ferrying stranded passengers in taxis to their West Country destinations because of repeated problems ...."

From the front page, today's Daily Telegraph, business section.

How well be know their record here in Melksham, with cancellations and delays every single week in July .... actually, I think that the running of the trains is more of an issue for us; a few minutes delay isn't a problem, unless it's on a long distance train into Swindon or Westbury that causes us to miss the infrequent trans-wilts ...

Re: First is ordered to improve punctuallity - 370/1131
Written by Lee on Saturday, 5th August 2006

Here is a link to the full article.

Re: First is ordered to improve punctuallity - 370/1132
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 5th August 2006

The article carries on ...

[quote]Over-ambitious connection times have frequently forced the company to use outside taxi services to ferry customers from Swindon to intermediate stations .....

A spokesman said it hoped a timetable change in December would improve the situation but declined to say how much the company had spent on the taxi service.[/quote]

Yes, I suspect that if trains weren't schduled, then it wouldn't be up to First to provide a taxi, and that would be cheaper for them.

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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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