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SWT Romsey - Southampton - Salisbury December 2007 Timetable Now Online - 4621/8442
Written by Lee on Saturday, 3rd November 2007

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Looking through this timetable , there is no doubt that it provides a fantastic improvement in the train service provided to Dean and Mottisfont & Dunbridge stations (which were , prior to December 2006 , served by the Swindon - Southampton service) in terms of the number of services , the frequency , and the timings.

Considering that their train service , according to the original Greater Western franchise specification and draft FGW December 2006 timetable , was set to all but disappear , passengers and campaigners from that part of the world can feel truly proud of what they have acheived.

Re: SWT Romsey - Southampton - Salisbury December 2007 Timetable Now Online - 4621/8489
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 6th November 2007

That's a great service - well done, everyone.

Having a look through the timetable, I couldn't help noticing some FGW services that stood out as running very close in timing to others following closely in front or behind,  and characterised by no trolley and no seat reservations.  In particular ...

from Salisbury at 07:36 (close to 07:48). 11:39 (close to 11:32), 13:59 (close to 13:53) and 20:11 ( not far from 19:53)
from Southampton at 0824 (08:38), 12:26 (12:38), 18:38 (18:40) and 21:20 (21:10).

As far as I can see these services make no attional stops over and above the one they're close to - usually less even thoough they take almost the same time. 

Explanation, anyone?

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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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