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MSP Claims Train Times Off Track - 477/1410
Written by Lee on Saturday, 9th September 2006

Moray Scottish National Party MSP Richard Lochhead has called for a change to the First ScotRail timetable (link below.)

The 1042 BST Glasgow to Aberdeen train arrives at 1313 BST but the Inverness connection leaves Aberdeen at 1312 BST.

A First ScotRail spokeswoman told BBC Scotland: "We work closely with Network Rail and industry partners to provide a suitable timetable that meets the requirements of our customers."

"First ScotRail operates regular daily services from the central belt to Aberdeen and Inverness with good onward connection times, providing a number of travel options."

"We would be happy to look at this in our ongoing discussions."

"There are some restrictions as to what can be achieved due to the single line track sections between Aberdeen and Inverness, as well as from Inverness to the north and west, which need to be taken into consideration."

Sound familiar?

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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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