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Cancellations 18/10/06 - 562/1663
Written by Graz on Wednesday, 18th October 2006

From FGW's website:

16:47 Westbury to Swindon due 17:31
This train has been cancelled. This is due to an earlier train fault.

17:43 Swindon to Southampton Central due 19:44
This train will be started from Westbury. It will no longer call at: Swindon, Chippenham, Melksham and Trowbridge. This is due to a member of train crew being unavailable.

I think the reasons they give for delays and cancellations aren't always's the same train, so surely the 'train fault' would apply to both?

Re: Cancellations 18/10/06 - 562/1665
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 18th October 2006

Yes, I think they have probably caught themselves in a lie.  One or other is probably true ... they've not got spare crews nor trains and the first thing they cancel is the "TransWilts" .... after all, the people of Melksham have put up with such a bad service for years .....

I would be very interested to hear from anyone on the service if it's a special bus laid on, or if they have got together with their but people and transferred people onto the 234.

Re: Cancellations 18/10/06 - 562/1671
Written by Sion Bretton on Thursday, 19th October 2006

Yes they put on a bus left at about 18.20

Re: Cancellations 18/10/06 - 562/1672
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 19th October 2006

Thanks, Sion

Re: Cancellations 18/10/06 - 562/1673
Written by Lee on Thursday, 19th October 2006

This would make sense as First promised "road transport to Westbury." The 234 serves Trowbridge but not Westbury.

Re: Cancellations 18/10/06 - 562/1675
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 19th October 2006

Agreed, but I was just wondering if ....

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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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