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Passengers not allowed to get off the trains now?! - 4225/7876
Written by AFCChris on Friday, 28th September 2007

The daily e-mail from FGW is getting to be a daily source of amusement for me. Today's gem:

19.15 London Paddington to Swansea service will stop at Reading and Swindon to pick up passengers only. This is due to this service being short formed.

I can't start to believe what they mean by this?? Surely they are not starting to ban people getting off now?!!

Re: Passengers not allowed to get off the trains now?! - 4225/7877
Written by Industry Insider on Friday, 28th September 2007

Well, they mean that they'll be an almighty crush at Paddington on one of the busiest long-distance trains of the day on the busiest day of the week, so they're gonna try and persuade a few of the Reading/Swindon passengers to use another service (which is then likely to be just as full of course!).

Of course even the slightly savvy commuter, who subscribes to the e-mail, would realise that they will be alright still getting on board at Paddington for Reading/Swindon, plead ignorance if and when the tickets are checked, and slyly hop off when the doors opened at their station!

Re: Passengers not allowed to get off the trains now?! - 4225/7879
Written by tonya on Friday, 28th September 2007

This happens fairly frequently at Temple Meads to dissuade people from getting on short formed trains.
e.g. Often the Portsmouth bound train is 2 coaches instead of three or four. I have twice heard staff say that the train would not stop at Bath Spa, so Bath bound passengers should catch the later intercity.
I was taken in by this lie the first time and waited for the following intercity which was then cancelled.
It is another example of quite appalling customer servive by FGW.

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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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