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Early Train Cancelled (30/06/2008) - 7835/12617
Written by Lee on Monday, 30th June 2008
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Service: 05:19 Gloucester to Southampton Central on 30/06/2008 operated by First Great Western.
Details: This train will be terminated at Chippenham. It will no longer call at: Melksham, Trowbridge, Westbury, Dilton Marsh, Warminster, Salisbury, Romsey and Southampton Central. This is due to a problem with line-side equipment. Replacement road transport will be provided.
Service: 08:23 Southampton Central to Great Malvern on 30/06/2008 operated by First Great Western.
Details: This train will be started from Westbury. It will no longer call at: Southampton Central, Romsey, Salisbury, Warminster and Dilton Marsh. This is due to an earlier problem with line-side equipment.
Service: 06:25 Cardiff Central to Portsmouth Harbour on 30/06/2008 operated by First Great Western.
Details: This train has been revised. It will additionally call at: Dilton Marsh. This is due to an earlier problem with line-side equipment.
Re: Early Train Cancelled (30/06/2008) - 7835/12621
Written by Sion Bretton on Monday, 30th June 2008
I was waiting for the 6.40 at Melksham this AM, info point at 7.10 advise was 40 minutes later and then at 7.15 we were advise it was cancelled, so I go onto 7.17 to Chippenham to get to Bristol. There was some else waiting for 6.40 to go to Bristol so he went via Chippenham. :(
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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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