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This morning 14 Dec - 4984/9060
Written by Dawn on Friday, 14th December 2007

Got to station for 06:45 to be told it and the 07:17 were cancelled due to staff availablility.  Drove to Trowbridge, to find the 07:17 was running but late due to being stuck in a que of trains delayed by points problems at B-O-A.

Re: This morning 14 Dec - 4984/9061
Written by Sion Bretton on Friday, 14th December 2007

Looks like I picked a good day off.

Re: This morning 14 Dec - 4984/9068
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Friday, 14th December 2007

It's been an awful week .... I remember Andrew Griffith's comment before the changes last year - "You'll see a big change in reliability when we bring in the new service" .... and at time I didn't understand what he was telling me.  I think it's more like "You don't make an omlette without breaking some eggs".  The eggs have just been broken again, and we hope that the hobb is on hot to get them set into the new omlette very quickly!

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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.

-- Graham Ellis, (webmaster), February 2021

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