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ATW Plans to Extend Aberystwyth/Chester Services To Birmingham Airport - 6266/10698
Written by Lee on Monday, 10th March 2008

ATW is considering introducing new services linking Shropshire with Birmingham International Airport (link below.)

Arriva Trains Wales, which operates most rail services in Shropshire, said it wants to extend services from Aberystwyth and Chester.

The operator said it needs approval from the Office of Rail Regulation but aims to start in December this year.

The extension would give the county an hourly service to the airport.

Re: ATW Plans to Extend Aberystwyth/Chester Services To Birmingham Airport - 6266/10706
Written by Industry Insider on Tuesday, 11th March 2008

Don't see much merit in that. The New Street-International is already one of the most congested on the network, and with Virgin increasing from two to three Birmingham-London trains an hour in December, a half-empty class 156 plying up and down ain't gonna help at all.

Re: ATW Plans to Extend Aberystwyth/Chester Services To Birmingham Airport - 6266/10732
Written by Steve Bray on Wednesday, 12th March 2008

Precisely... this would only lead to delays on that stretch. Mind you even Wolverhampton to New Street is pretty busy; how many trains on that stretch per hour?

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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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