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23rd September - WWRUG Public Meeting - 7926/12783
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 16th September 2008

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Julian Crow, General Manager, West of England for FGW - presentation and questions and answers.

23rd September, 7:30 p.m., Dewey House, North Row, Warminster.

Organised by West Wilts Rail Users Group - but a Public meeting so open to all.

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From Melksham at 06:40
From Bradford on Avon at 18:47
From Trowbridge at 18:53
From Westbury at 19:01

return to Westbury by 22:18
Trowbridge by 22:46
Bradford on Avon by 22:54
Melksham by 07:17

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Re: 23rd September - WWRUG Public Meeting - 7926/12784
Written by Industry Insider on Wednesday, 17th September 2008

I like the very understated way in which you make your point about connections from the meeting from Melksham, Graham!  :D

Re: 23rd September - WWRUG Public Meeting - 7926/12785
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 21st September 2008

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I like the very understated way in which you make your point about connections from the meeting from Melksham, Graham!

Re: 23rd September - WWRUG Public Meeting - 7926/12787
Written by WyvusArconius on Sunday, 28th September 2008

Things seem very quiet on here of late.....

What happened at the WWRUG meeting? I was unable to attend.


Re: 23rd September - WWRUG Public Meeting - 7926/12792
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 2nd October 2008


You're correct in commenting that things were quieter here during the summer.

It's three years now since we were first learned (via a letter in the local paper from Fleur deRhe Phiipe, the Cabinet member responsible for transport at Wiltshire Council) that we had just missed the consultation about planned service reductions and we've been working / campaigning hard since.

We've move forward hugely ... but someone commented to me very early on that rail campaiging takes 10 times the time (and solutions have 10 times the price) of campaiging in other areas - it would have been much easier for us to save a local post office, for example (but, regrettably, I cannot travel from Melksham to Swindon or Chippenham to Trowbridge in a post office).  And where a campaign runs for this long, it's all too easy to get "campaign fatigue".  There also times where public campaigning is less effective, in terms of it being better to work behind the scenes and / or take a break to a good time when people's eyes are on the ball, and for inputs and campaign visibility to reach a peak when it's most appropriate.

Things going on behind the scenes ... Fleur was goiong to get a specific forward looking report commissioned before the summer, and we'll be staring to chase her to find out how that's getting on in the next few weeks, with a view to moving forward to what is now commonly regarded as an appropriate service from December 2009.

Keep watching this space  ;D

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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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