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Llanharan Station Due To Open - 4873/8895
Written by Lee on Monday, 3rd December 2007

A new train service for Llanharan will be open for passengers next week. It will offer hourly services between Cardiff , Bridgend and Maesteg on Mondays to Saturdays , together with three return journeys to Cardiff on Sundays (link below.)

Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council and Arriva Trains Wales have been working with Network Rail and contractor Galliford Try to deliver the new station on the site of the former station that closed in 1964.

The station will be officially opened in February when the car park and other minor works are fully completed but the station will be open to the public on December 9 2007.

Re: Llanharan Station Due To Open - 4873/8988
Written by Lee on Monday, 10th December 2007

Rail services have begun running from Llanharan (link below.)

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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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