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Lee's Proposed December 2007 Timetable - 731/2149
Written by streety7 on Saturday, 2nd December 2006

With regards to Lee's excellent work on the:

Bicester Town - Oxford - Didcot - Swindon to:

Cheltenham via Golden Valley Lane or
Bristol via Bath, Keynsham & Oldfield Park or
Westbury via Melksham or
Salisbury & Southampton via Westbury & Melksham

proposed December 2007 timetable using a new London service pattern freeing up two non-intercity units from the Golden Valley Line service and redeploying 2 units set to go into storage, I thought it would be helpful to type this up... link below

[url] new 2007 timetable proposals.pdf[/url]

Let me know what you think?

Timetable Summary:
Increases Melksham daily train service to 8 each way
Better service for people to/from Bicester
Also peak stops at Keynsham & Oldfield Park
Regular stops at Dilton Marsh, Dean, and Dunbridge
Increases Cheltenham - London frequency to hourly
Better connections from Melksham to London and vice versa
Better service for everyone in general

I really can't see where this timetable can go wrong, especially if it doesn't use any extra resources!?

Re: Lee's Proposed December 2007 Timetable - 731/2155
Written by Lee on Sunday, 3rd December 2006

I think that the timetable literature looks excellent , Chris. Many thanks indeed.

I note that you have modified the 1844 / 1845 Swindon southbound departure so that it waits at Chippenham , rather than Swindon. I think that this is a good move , as it means that "our train" wont be hogging one of the platforms at Swindon during the latter part of the peak.

Re: Lee's Proposed December 2007 Timetable - 731/2160
Written by Graz on Sunday, 3rd December 2006

Do you know what, Chris? Your timetable is, in my opinion such a lot easier on the eyes than FGW's current set. FGW's is too crowded and cluttered for my taste, not to mention the omissions and errors, but yours is clear, understandable, and nice to look at. Fantastic work, and it does Lee's great proposal even more justice.

Re: Lee's Proposed December 2007 Timetable - 731/2224
Written by aik4on on Thursday, 7th December 2006

The planning process for the December 2007 timetable is already under way and all those with suggestions are advised to submit them to FGW as soon as poss.

Let's hope we can at least achieve better timings for the Melksham line services.

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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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