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Another cancellation - 4319/8021
Written by Escargot on Thursday, 4th October 2007

In case you are monitoring cancellations generally, I have to say that I was at Chippenham on Saturday last, 29/09, waiting for my daughter off the 2005 from Paddington (2000 in the latest timetable update!), when I noticed that not only was it running late but so, too, was the Westbury train. Firstly retimed to 2121 (the due time for the one I was awaiting, which was retimed to 2126), an empty 125 stock sped through at 2120! It was then retimed twice (as was the Paddington - Bristol train), the final occasion to 2138, one minute after the Bristol train was due to depart.  Needless to say, just before the Bristol train arrived the Westbury train was announced as cancelled! I'm only glad I hadn't told my daughter - who is very wary of trains at the best of times - to change at Swindon fron the connecting train and travel through to Melksham. She would have been utterly panic stricken.

Re: Another cancellation - 4319/8032
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Friday, 5th October 2007

Hello ... welcome ... and thanks for that input.    Yes, we do "monitor" trains and keep a log; during the week it's relatively easy but at weekends our system doesn't work well due to all the engineering changes  and bustitutions.  So your report is very welcome.  Of course the news of a cancellation that it contained isn't .... but if we had a reasonable and reliable service, we could put our energy into helping First promote their service rather than berating them, couldn't we?

Re: Another cancellation - 4319/8048
Written by WyvusArconius on Saturday, 6th October 2007

Good morning.. its Saturday.. and so far FGW have managed to cancel no less than TEN trains on the network... and its not even 9:00 yet!

A good start to the weekend.

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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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