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Melksham Punctuality Statistics 8th Nov - 22nd Nov Weekday Trains - 674/2030
Written by streety7 on Wednesday, 22nd November 2006

Just thought I'd do a bit of statisticing if that is even a word...

Number of trains scheduled to run: 99

Number of trains that operated: 88 (88%)
Number of trains that did not operate: 11 (12%)*

Number of trains that operated which were on time: 52 (57%)
Number of trains that operated which were 1 - 5 minutes late (inclusive): 33 (39%)
Number of trains that operated which were more than 5 minutes late: 3 (4%)

* This figure includes No Report marks.

The 88% reliability is quite shocking. FGW's target is probably 98.5% or something, and I assume Wessex Trains' figures must have been better.
Question marks still hanging over the 0702 and 0705 services from Westbury for me: The new timetable reckons they are both separate services, and if they are the 0702 will probably always be late from Westbury unless it is lucky to arrive a few minutes early. This as well as the risk of delays at Gloucester will probably make these figures worse.
To be honest I liked the idea of the Bicester - Didcot - Swindon - Melksham - Southampton timetable which Lee made the other day, that is then improving services in 3 areas: Bicester Town & Islip, TransWilts line and stations south of Westbury - I would strongly agree with putting this forward to First when the december 2007 timetable consultation opens.

Re: Melksham Punctuality Statistics 8th Nov - 22nd Nov Weekday Trains - 674/2031
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 23rd November 2006

Chris, the relaibilty figure you quote would be even more shocking is you were to weight the figure based on the average number of passengers per train.

Re: Melksham Punctuality Statistics 8th Nov - 22nd Nov Weekday Trains - 674/2037
Written by Lee on Thursday, 23rd November 2006

[quote author=Graham Ellis link=topic=674.msg2031#msg2031 date=1164258001]The 17:02 runs for the last time on 8th December (I hate to say that - would prefer to say "last time for the moment" but it's going to be hard work to get it back and there's a question mark over whether we could) and there's a end of term don't-care attitude on the part of the operator. "It's the easiest train to replace by a bus" they say and, indeed, they're now VERY effiicient in having a bus to hand ... almost as if it's on hand just-in-case every day.

Arguably, the 18:09 also runs for the last time on 8th December.

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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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