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Im Taking A Break - But I Will Be Back - 4555/8354
Written by Lee on Saturday, 27th October 2007

Unfortunately , due to a growing pile of other committments , I am taking a break from the day to day running of the forum. For now , I will be concentrating on those committments , plus helping Graham prepare the case for an improved TransWilts service.

It has been my absolute pleasure to see and help these pages grow into the thriving forum they now represent , and I wish everybody (even those I havent seen eye to eye with) all the best.

I will return as soon as things are less hectic at my end.

Re: Im Taking A Break - But I Will Be Back - 4555/8364
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 28th October 2007

Lee, it's notable to see just how much time and effort you have put in to these forums .... "over, above and beyond the call of duty" is I think the proper way to describe it, without which we wouldn't have got as far as we have.  I value your inputs, your flows of knowledgable information and I look forward to still working with you on the TransWilts issue.    I know you find a certain pleasure in what you've been doing for us, and I hope you find that same pleasure in the things that you'll be working on in the coming months.

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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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