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Major FGW Management Shake - Up - 3931/7491
Written by Lee on Saturday, 8th September 2007

Alison Forster loses much of her responsibilities (link below.)

Re: Major FGW Management Shake - Up - 3931/7495
Written by Gwr2006 on Saturday, 8th September 2007

Except that she doesn't and shouldn't!

All that has changed is that First Great Western management will now report to Andrew Haines who has been UK Rail Director at FirstGroup since last year (when he joined from Stagecoach - he was previously MD of South West Trains) rather than FGW's Finance Director, Dean Finch, as they do now. This brings the company into line with FirstGroup's other franchises - Scotrail, TransPennine, Hull Trains and First Capital Connect, and allow FirstGroup to have consistency across all the franchises

Alison Forster will continue to have overall responsibility for FGW, and also a focus on the high speed services. At the same time, two new managers will focus on the former Thames and Wessex areas, both reporting to Alison. Mike Carroll (from FirstInfo) has the role of Route Director, London & Thames Valley and John Curley will be Route Director, West. These are temporary positions to oversee performance improvements in these areas.

Re: Major FGW Management Shake - Up - 3931/7517
Written by Lee on Monday, 10th September 2007

Our reading of it was that Alison Forster , in reality , is likely to have very little to do with non high - speed services for the forseeable future.

It will be interesting to see how things turn out.

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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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