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More Portsmouth Trains! - 6009/10378
Written by WyvusArconius on Tuesday, 26th February 2008

FGW have announced plans to spend out for 5 3 -Carriage trains to serve the Portsmouth Cardiff line. This is along with spending

Re: More Portsmouth Trains! - 6009/10379
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 26th February 2008

Read all about it on our sister forum, First Great Western Coffee Shop (link below.)

Re: More Portsmouth Trains! - 6009/10380
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 26th February 2008

It is indeed a good step - with the real "proof of the pudding" being whether First Great Western carries on with other steps (such as getting back to an appropriate service on the TransWilts, Weymouth Summer Weekend with a service than can cope, and so on) or tries to rest on its laurels. 

I hope that their press release saying that they have "Other prirotities" when talking about the TransWilts isn't their first step to ensuring that this set of improvements is limited to as little as they feel they need to do to get Ruth Kelly off there back.  I hope they do enough to get RuthG off their back too (sorry for getting personal, Ruth - too good a conncetion to miss!)  RuthG is our member who took three HOURS to get home the other week from Swindon to Frome ... a journey that should take 55 minutes!

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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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