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No early train - 69/143
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 4th December 2005

Wessex trains are running a BANK HOLIDAY service which means that the 05:52 to Swindon and 06:56 to Southampton will not run.

Re: No early train - 69/150
Written by philmcm on Sunday, 4th December 2005

Graham, when's this announcement valid for - just the day it was posted or indefinitely?  ???

The early train's one of my few options for getting to meetings in London on time on a weekday.

Incidentally, noit sure if it's mentioned elsewhere but a lady from the District Council was doing a passenger survey one morning (and afternoon when I returned) at Melksham station a week or so ago. No idea why; my train arrived (on time!) just as she spoke to me.

Re: No early train - 69/153
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 4th December 2005

Phil ... that applies to all Bank Holidays .... and also to the entire period from Christmas to the New Year.

Re: No early train - 69/158
Written by Sion Bretton on Monday, 5th December 2005

Last year was the same between Christmas & new year.

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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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