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1702 & 1809 Melksham Trains Cancelled 14/11/2006 - 644/1937
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 14th November 2006

From the First Great Western Website :

16:47 Westbury to Swindon due 17:31

This train has been cancelled. This is due to a 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 an earlier train fault.

Re: 1702 & 1809 Melksham Trains Cancelled 14/11/2006 - 644/1938
Written by Sion Bretton on Tuesday, 14th November 2006

Yes it was cancelled, the bus was waiting for us.
They did not put details of this canceeled train on thier daily e-mail.

Re: 1702 & 1809 Melksham Trains Cancelled 14/11/2006 - 644/1941
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 14th November 2006

I always find it most interesting how train faults always happen so that this particular train is cancelled, and can always be fixed in a couple of hours so that a shortened Westbury to Southampton train can run  ;D

My four customers - who are from a major organisation that I'm sure First would NOT want to get on the wrong side of - had to make alternative arrangements.  They'll probably not even want to TRY for the 17:02 on Friday evening ... but then perhaps a second cancellation out of two for them would make an excellent news story.

Re: 1702 & 1809 Melksham Trains Cancelled 14/11/2006 - 644/1942
Written by Sion Bretton on Tuesday, 14th November 2006

I want that train to run on friday  :o

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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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