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Two thirds of service cancelled today ... so far ... - 6120/10510
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 2nd March 2008

20080302 18:31 Swindon 19:13 Westbury complete cancellation, staffing issues
20080302 17:05 Westbury 17:48 Swindon complete cancellation, staffing issues, bus/taxi running

Re: Two thirds of service cancelled today ... so far ... - 6120/10511
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 2nd March 2008

OK ... so this weekend
Weekend update

1. Cancelled - replaced by bus
2. Short train
3. Short train
4. Ran as scheduled (I think)

1. Cancelled - replace by bus
2. Cancelled
3. Running as scheduled (I think)

To be fair, a 153 is OK for the second train on Saturday, and with the up service bustituted the return train from Swindon (no. 3) would have been OK with a 153 too.  Good job Santa wasn't around.  Still  3 out of 7 cancelled (just one for engineering works) is another poor record.  Only 57% running against a 99% target!

Re: Two thirds of service cancelled today ... so far ... - 6120/10512
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 2nd March 2008

Stop Press ... 24 late off Westbury as I speak - but apparently it IS on the way. For one moment I thought we were in for a no show to end the weekend!

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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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