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06:44 Cancelled this AM - 4890/8922
Written by Sion Bretton on Wednesday, 5th December 2007

I was at the station this AM 5/12/07 to catch the 06.44 to to Trowbridge and it was cancelled.  The Infopoint first advise due to lack of single carriages then due to lack of staff.  But there was Network Rail working on the line and advise me they have to finish by 7.00am. So I am think which is the correct story for the train to be cancelled.

I was not happy as I had to wait for 07.17 to get to Bristol. >:(

Re: 06:44 Cancelled this AM - 4890/8926
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 6th December 2007

When the story changes and evidence points in a third direction .... one begins to wonder.

Having speculated on that, the real issue is that Network Rail and FGW don't provide a system which runs at least 99% of the trains it is supposed to run, but fall very short of that.  I don't just make up the 99% by the way ... such figures are specified as what should be achieved.

Cancellation 50% on Sunday, Cancellation 25% yesterday. Not untypical, I'm afraid.

Re: 06:44 Cancelled this AM - 4890/8929
Written by Nick Field on Thursday, 6th December 2007

There has been a fatality today 06/12 on the line between Chippenham and Bath.  Anyone know if it's affetced transwilts?

Re: 06:44 Cancelled this AM - 4890/8934
Written by Nick Field on Thursday, 6th December 2007

More in this below - looks like HST's may have been routed through Melksham:

Police were called to the Box railway tunnel after a person was hit by a train and killed this morning.

Trains were brought to a standstill and commuters face massive delays following the collision which happened shortly after 7am.

The 6.22am Weston Super Mare to London Paddington train was travelling from Bath towards Chippenham when it hit an unknown person at the entrance to Box tunnel.

The section of railway track near Shockerwick, which is just within the Wiltshire border, was closed while police searched the area and undertakers recovered the body.

The identity of the victim is not yet known and police are unable to say whether it was a suicide bid or not.

The train was delayed for almost two hours and scores of passengers were forced to alight at Swindon to board other trains.

Meanwhile commuters waiting at Chippenham faced major delays and trains were re-routed through Westbury and Reading.

A spokesman for First Great Western said: "We apologise for any inconvenience but this is something beyond our control.".

A spokeswoman for First Great Western said the incident happened in Box Tunnel, between Chippenham and Bath on Thursday morning.

Rail services between the two stations have been cancelled, but alternative transport has been arranged.

Delays are likely for passengers travelling from Paddington to Bristol as trains are being diverted.

Re: 06:44 Cancelled this AM - 4890/8936
Written by Nick Field on Thursday, 6th December 2007

I have had an email from someone I know who has commuted into London from Chippenham and I quote the following:

"I caught the very busy 07:30 service (which goes to Cheltenham Spa

Re: 06:44 Cancelled this AM - 4890/8937
Written by Lee on Thursday, 6th December 2007

Further article links.

Re: 06:44 Cancelled this AM - 4890/8949
Written by Lee on Friday, 7th December 2007

Insider's view (link below.)

link to index of articles

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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