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Andrew Griffiths Admits New Timetable Is A Problem - 749/2185
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 5th December 2006

Yes , you did just read that title (link below.)

Some quotes :

"Andrew Griffiths, regional manager for First Great Western, said the new timetable represented the company's first effort at integrating local and inter-city services since taking over the new Greater Western franchise in April."

"He said the idea had been to reduce the number of times people had to stop at Bristol to change trains."

"That's the theory," he said, "and it's a fine theory, but in practice, because of the proposed high speed train patterns, the local services have had to be superimposed on that and made to fit, and that's caused problems."

Re: Andrew Griffiths Admits New Timetable Is A Problem - 749/2425
Written by Sion Bretton on Thursday, 14th December 2006

Now I know why at Bristol TM the staff advise if going to Bath Spa get on the Intercity trains at 00 or 30 minutes pass the 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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