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What Additional Services At Elsecar? - 462/1352
Written by Lee on Saturday, 2nd September 2006

Stop The Train campaigns for better local services on the Sheffield / Leeds line and has been experiencing some problems of its own recently. Here is a link.

As Keith Burton explains :

"I have just received my new timetables in the mail, and a letter from Julie Chesman - it says that additional late night services at Elsecar have been added. I've checked the new timetable from the 11th June against the 2005 timetable but there are no additional services on any day as far as I can see.... is this one of the new invisible trains I wonder??" (link below.)

"Our local train stations are even more important than ever before now. The number 72 bus which was the only bus service to sheffield for the local communities of Wombwell, Heminfield, Jump Elsecar and Hoyland has done its last journey. Running since 1921 the service has been axed. The only option now is the train from Wombwell or Elsecar station. It's vital we keep these services running." (link below.)

Re: What Additional Services At Elsecar? - 462/1361
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 3rd September 2006

Perhaps it's that trick that we've seen in certain parts of the South West of removing services from a d(r)aft new timetable, then adding it back in with a huge hail of positive publicity that talks of an increased service when in fact the excat opposite is the case in practise. Oh, Lee, don't get me going!

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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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