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Ufton Nervet Rail Crash Inquest Opens - 4364/8088
Written by Lee on Monday, 8th October 2007

An inquest into the death of seven people in a Berkshire rail crash is due to resume after nearly three years (link below.)

It was delayed while a man , who lost two relatives in the crash , successfully fought for legal aid.

On 6 November 2004 , Brian Drysdale , 48 , parked his car on a level crossing near the village of Ufton Nervet. A train collided with it and derailed.

Mr Drysdale , five passengers , and the train driver , Stanley Martin , 54 , of Torquay in Devon , died in the crash.

After Mr Drysdale , from Reading , parked his car on the level crossing it was hit by a First Great Western high-speed train from London Paddington to Plymouth.

All eight carriages derailed.

The resulting diversion of HST services over the Melksham line , plus the cancellation of virtually all local TransWilts services , has been given as a possible reason for flawed passenger figures (links below.)

The jury inquest , presided over by Berkshire Coroner Peter Bedford , is being held at The Centre conference venue , in Slough , Berkshire.

Re: Ufton Nervet Rail Crash Inquest Opens - 4364/8136
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 10th October 2007

News from the inquest (links below.)

Re: Ufton Nervet Rail Crash Inquest Opens - 4364/8410
Written by Lee on Thursday, 1st November 2007

The inquest jury has retired to consider its verdict (link below.)

Re: Ufton Nervet Rail Crash Inquest Opens - 4364/8430
Written by Lee on Friday, 2nd November 2007

The verdict is suicide (links below.)

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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.

-- Graham Ellis, (webmaster), February 2021

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