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Disruption In The Area But Transwilts OK (16/11/2007) - 4740/8652
Written by Lee on Friday, 16th November 2007

Quotes from the First Great Western Coffee Shop Forum , the first of which refers to St Phillips Marsh :

[quote author=Jim link=topic=1009.msg4996#msg4996 date=1195198195]
0545 BTM-Ports 84 late
0604 BTM-Weym 50 late
0704 BTM-Soton 25 overdue
0730 CDF-Ports Started Newport
0647 Frome-Cardiff 39od
0705 Westbury-Soton Canned
All leave the Marsh between 0530-0645 (I think)

[quote author=Jim link=topic=1010.msg4997#msg4997 date=1195198344]
So far, the Trans-Wilts is the only service today as of 0730 that has run between Trowbridge and Westbury!

[quote author=grahame link=topic=1010.msg4998#msg4998 date=1195199637]
A good week for it, then - only 5% Monday to Friday cancellation rate assuming that this evening's trains run (last week was 10%).

I think the train stables at Gloucester overnight, doesn't it?

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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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