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Train Drivers Get Lessons On Going Slowly To Cut Fuel Bills - 428/1263
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 23rd August 2006

Commuters could face slower journeys under plans to conserve energy (link below.)

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"Michael Lee, the regulator

Re: Train Drivers Get Lessons On Going Slowly To Cut Fuel Bills - 428/1265
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 23rd August 2006

Train schedules include what's know as "recovery time" in the journey, to allow for delays caused by slowing down for engineering works, etc, to be made up.  It's a long standing practise and it does help avoid long distance services getting progressively later on their journeys.  Very often, though, the recovery time is not actually needed and trains arrive early outside busy stations and have to wait to get in, or arrive early and sit and wait before continuing.  If it would save fuel to have the drivers go just a tad slower over these recovery stretches, why not?  And, as a double plus it won't annoy the passengers who are stuck in the train that's waiting for its platform, or who are sitting in the train wondering why it's wating so long before carrying on.

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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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