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SWT Rail Services Crippled By Strike - 445/1313
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 29th August 2006

A strike by train drivers has crippled services on some of the busiest routes into London (link below.)

About 900 SWT staff , who are members of Aslef , walked out at midnight for 24 hours , in a row relating to a previous strike when managers drove trains. On many routes into London's Waterloo station there were no trains while buses were laid on to replace trains in some parts of the South East.

Re: SWT Rail Services Crippled By Strike - 445/1319
Written by Lee on Thursday, 31st August 2006

Here is a further link on this.

Re: SWT Rail Services Crippled By Strike - 445/1395
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 6th September 2006

Talks aimed at averting more strikes on South West Trains (SWT) services have ended without an agreement (link below.)

Drivers are set to walk out for 24 hours on Friday and Monday , crippling services into London's Waterloo Station and across southern England.

An emergency timetable has been prepared , but commuters have been warned many services will have to be cancelled if the strikes go ahead.

Re: SWT Rail Services Crippled By Strike - 445/1399
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 6th September 2006

Here is another link on this.

Re: SWT Rail Services Crippled By Strike - 445/1403
Written by Lee on Thursday, 7th September 2006

A decision on this is due later today (link below.)

If the strike by hundreds of drivers goes ahead , on many routes there will be no trains at all and only one in five is likely to run overall if the row is not resolved.

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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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