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Hello - 4343/8054
Written by sumila on Saturday, 6th October 2007

Hello all,

My name is sumila (Not really, but as a Network Rail Signaller working within the region your group represents, I will not be giving my real name for obvious reasons - so Sumila it remains!)

I totally agree with the aims and objectives of your organisation, as do a great deal of my colleagues - managers included, although they have to be more diplomatic! Not a lot else to say on this occasion. I'll read up on the posts and feel my way.

Regards, Sumila

Re: Hello - 4343/8059
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 6th October 2007

Welcome on board, Sumila; many thanks for your knowledged words of support; we certainly appreciate them, and would also be very happy to hear (example) comments on various ideas ... practicallity based on line capacities, robustness, etc.    Better to do the pushing that we can (but you can't) do towards a goal that can be met than one that can't.

One of the things that I've been very much struck by during this campaign is just how much everyone seems to be "on side" - and that includes people a long way up various chains, as well as the crew on the ground!

Re: Hello - 4343/8093
Written by Lee on Monday, 8th October 2007

Hi , and welcome.

May I ask you a question? Here is a quote from the First Great Western Coffee Shop Forum :

[quote author=Lee Fletcher link=topic=616.msg2622#msg2622 date=1191340289]
[quote author=vacman link=topic=616.msg2618#msg2618 date=1191330002]
I notice that from December the Beach line service is slightly improved in the morning peak with the addition of 2 or 3 extra trains to/from Avonmouth but nothing in the evening peak though!

I do fear that this might be as far they go with service improvements though. A 40 minute frequency service would require different timings on different hours , and as you can see from the quote below , FGW were struggling to path December 2007 trains on the main line section.

[quote author=Lee Fletcher link=topic=713.msg2615#msg2615 date=1191316160]Mind you , according to the previous draft copies of the FGW December 2007 Timetable that I have , they had to change which services called at Stapleton Road & Lawrence Hill at least twice , plus their timings , because they were having real problems with pathing. This is illustrated by the small print at the bottom of page 11 of the link below (Andrew Griffith's 22 May 2007 analysis , which starts from page 10.) :

"Pathing problems preclude the northbound service from calling at Lawrence Hill and Stapleton Road; instead these calls are included in the Cardiff service."

Also , similiar pathing problems have probably caused the radical change in Severn Beach Line timings (link below.)[/quote]

Are we right to be concerned , or have FGW and Network Rail got a 40 minute frequency Bristol - Avonmouth service all sorted out and ready for May 2008?

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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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