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SWT Incur The Wrath Of Murrison - 4887/8916
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 5th December 2007

Train bosses apologised last night after inviting Andrew Murrison to meet them in London - but providing "the journey from hell" for him to get there (link below.)

His train at Gillingham in Dorset was 45 minutes late and commuters were "packed in like sardines", according to the furious Tory MP.

"The meeting was set up to generally sing the praises of South West Trains, and to be fair, they aren't generally as bad as First Great Western," said Dr Murrison.

"But I don't think they were expecting a fairly angry MP armed with first-hand reports of his journey from hell on their trains."

Re: SWT Incur The Wrath Of Murrison - 4887/8928
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 6th December 2007

[quote]Dr Murrison said journeys such as the one he experienced would make train passengers reach for their car keys, and said the health of many elderly passengers was put at risk by the "cattle truck-like conditions".[/quote]

I know how he feels ... when I was to present at the enquiry in public into the regional strategy, I chose to travel by train from Gillingham to Exeter or rather tried to.

Re: SWT Incur The Wrath Of Murrison - 4887/8930
Written by Nick Field on Thursday, 6th December 2007

I have travelled on the Salisbury to Exeter line a few times and have not had any problems.  Not trying to make excuses for SWT but I think the long single track sections frustrate them because it has a much worse knock on effect if they is an incident or delay.

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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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