Save the Melksham Train
Archived Save the Train forum articles - 2005 to 2010. See below
Written by Rugrat on Saturday, 8th September 2007

In case you missed it, Alison Forster, Managing Director of First Great Western, and Robin Gisby of Network Rail will be making a joint presentation at the public meeting of the Passenger Focus Board to be held at 2pm on Tuesday,11 September, at the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel, College Green, Bristol. The agenda for the meeting can be downloaded from the Passenger Focus website at The direct link to the agenda is:

Written by Lee on Wednesday, 12th September 2007

Key points :

SWT penalty fares problems - guidelines to be set

TVMs don't issue all tickets and many are poorly sited

92% reliability is where money should be spent in other areas

*Alison Forster presentation*

HST reliablity improving

All coaches will be finished by 29th February - behind schedule

2+7 HSTs to be used on 60% of services, with journey time savings of up to 7 min, but benefits will be used to improve buffer times, NOT give shorter journeys

Unlikely to meet PPM target by year end

"Dmr 07 timetable won't be perfect" - AF

Class 180s go off lease in March

Only 9% use buffets

West DMU fleet is 50 - new TT needs 4 more, plus 2 to cover for refurb

142s will be used in Devon "NOT Bristol or on Cardiff to Portsmouth" - AF

Will be 12 units of 142s

142s will be refurbished

150s will replace 142s from June 2010 - coming from WM franchise

Turbo fleet refresh starting 2008

*Robin Gisby (NR) presentation*

"Western performance awful" - RG

"Western network tired" - RG

20 incidents >1000min delay in West

86% of relief lines to be 90mph by Jun 2008

Remodel of Airport Junction (

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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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