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Fun On The TransWilts Line (14/04/2009) - 8005/12966
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 14th April 2009
Welcome back from the Bank Holiday....
From the FGW website:
Line problem between Westbury and Salisbury.
Train services are being disrupted due to earlier emergency engineering works between Westbury and Salisbury. Engineers have worked as fast as possible to restore services to normal. Short notice alterations and delays of up to 15 minutes can be expected.
Customers with South West Train tickets for London Waterloo, are advised to travel to London Paddington on First Great Western services. London Underground are excepting South West Train ticket holders between London Paddington and London Waterloo.
05:19 Gloucester to Southampton Central due 08:09
This train will be terminated at Westbury. It will no longer call at: Dilton Marsh, Warminster, Salisbury, Romsey and Southampton Central. This is due to emergency engineering works.
An additional service will start from Westbury at 07:40.
05:44 Bristol Temple Meads to Portsmouth Harbour due 08:29
This train has been terminated at Westbury. It will no longer call at: Warminster, Salisbury, Romsey, Southampton Central, Fareham, Cosham, Fratton, Portsmouth & Southsea and Portsmouth Harbour. This is due to emergency engineering works.
06:28 Cardiff Central to Portsmouth Harbour due 09:54
This train has been reinstated.
This service will no longer call at Dilton Marsh.
07:23 Warminster to Great Malvern due 10:32
This train will be started from Westbury. It will no longer call at: Warminster and Dilton Marsh. This is due to emergency engineering works.
07:40 Westbury to Romsey due 08:38
An additional train service has been planned to operate as shown 07:40 Westbury to Romsey due 08:38 run on 14/04/09.
This service will call at Westbury, Dilton Marsh 07:43, Warminster 07:52, Salisbury 08:18 and Romsey 08:38.
08:22 Portsmouth Harbour to Cardiff Central due 11:44
This train will be started from Southampton Central. It will no longer call at: Portsmouth Harbour, Portsmouth & Southsea, Fratton, Cosham and Fareham. This train will be formed of 2 coaches instead of 3.This is due to emergency engineering works.
08:23 Southampton Central to Great Malvern due 12:33
This train will be started from Romsey. It will no longer call at: Southampton Central. This is due to emergency engineering works.
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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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