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Pollen Delays Trains - 536/1564
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 3rd October 2006

High levels of pollen over the summer blocked some train radiators on the Cambrian Line between Shrewsbury and Aberystwyth , Arriva Trains Wales has revealed (link below.)

Ivor Morris, treasurer of the watchdog , Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth Rail Passenger Service (Sarpa) , said the issue emerged at a meeting with Arriva.

He said: "The meeting had been arranged to discuss, in the main, the feasibility of a new hourly service between Aberystwyth and Shrewsbury."

Re: Pollen Delays Trains - 536/1567
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 4th October 2006

Quoting Wikipedia:

In modern times Aberystwyth has become a major Welsh educational centre. The indigenous population is around 12,000, but is swelled by an additional 9,250 (2005) students associated with the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Thus for nine months of the year, Aberystwyth's population is around 21,000 people.

So here's a town that's smaller than Melksham hoping for a hourly train service in to its terminus station.

Re: Pollen Delays Trains - 536/1600
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 11th October 2006

Here is a further article on this (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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