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Review of the first week - 4999/9081
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 15th December 2007

A week in to the new timetable.  And in the last week, 27 trains have been sceduled to call at Melksham

4 were replace by buses ahead of time
4 were cancelled at short notice
3 were short workings .... didn't make it all the way even between Swidnon and Westbury
2 were over half an hour late

and that's just what I know about.  The reporting system seems designed o work well when trains are running well, and screw up beautifully when it's most needed - at times when things are NOT running to schedule. 

During the week I have had just three customer journeys by train ...

One was half an hour late, and during my wait the information point was assuring me that there was no train expected

One was routed from Chippenham, change at Bath, change at Westbury into one of the two trains that had come direct from Chippenham anyway which seems a very odd (and awkward) ticket to sell.  I wonder WHY such a route was sold by FGW at that time of day.

And the third was a few minutes late, to the extent that we wondered whether or not a connection would make at Westbury. I was delighted to receive an email to confirm that my customer HAD made his ongoing train, so I'll leave it on that positive note.

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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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