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Interesting working this morning - 5220/9367
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 10th January 2008

20080110 07:02 Westbury - 09:03 Cheltenham Spa

short working, infrastructure issues, knock-on effect

This train will be terminated at Gloucester.It will no longer call at: Swindon, Kemble, Stroud, Stonehouse and Cheltenham Spa.This is due to earlier over-running engineering works.

Re: Interesting working this morning - 5220/9368
Written by WyvusArconius on Thursday, 10th January 2008

i could be mis reading that with my blury eyes,... but a train thats terminating at Gloucester would pass Swindon, Kemble, Stroud and Stonehouse.. confused  ???

Re: Interesting working this morning - 5220/9382
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Friday, 11th January 2008

Reverse at Chippenham, run via Bath, round the corner at Bristol and up to Gloucester that way?

Re: Interesting working this morning - 5220/9385
Written by WyvusArconius on Friday, 11th January 2008

Ok... confusing.. but it does make sense. i was pleasantly suprised to look on FGW website yesterday and see " no service alterations" !! theres hope yet!

Re: Interesting working this morning - 5220/9404
Written by Ruthg on Saturday, 12th January 2008

[quote author=Graham Ellis link=topic=5220.msg9382#msg9382 date=1200033151]
Reverse at Chippenham, run via Bath, round the corner at Bristol and up to Gloucester that way?

That's exactly what it did do. We had to get off at Chippenham and wait for a delayed (due to over-running engineering) London Paddington train and got to Swindon 50 minutes late. I think the problem was that somewhere between Chippenham and Wootton Bassett there was only a single line open and I suppose if they'd let us through we'd have held everyone up. 

Re: Interesting working this morning - 5220/9424
Written by Dawn on Monday, 14th January 2008

The 06:43 was delayed for about 35 mins Thursday morning due to the over running engineering works.  It was quite a decision when it did come to decide wether to get it or wait for the delayed 07:17 and go via Chippenham instead of Trowbridge!

I got the train from Swindon last night which according to National Rail Enquires invloved getting the 18:30 from Swindon and then a 'bus from Chippenham at 18:55.  I got to Swindon very early and saw that eveything was running late so got the 17:30 which left Swindon at 18:00ish.  The 18:30 from Swindon was delayed and was due to arrive at Chippenham at 19:05.  However, the platform staff despatched the 'bus at 18:55.  I asked if the 'bus would be held for the train from London but was told 'it's not a connecting train'  Glad I didn't catch the advised train!

I over slept this morning so didn't go for the cancelled 06:43, I drove to B-O-A instead.  I was questioned by the ticket seller at B-O-A as to wether I was a Melksham resident when I asked for a return from Melksham though!

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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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