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Sat on 19.11 waiting to get on single line - 8008/12971
Written by Sion Bretton on Wednesday, 15th April 2009

Nice sat waiting I hope we soon get going more details when home. 15 on the train

Re: Sat on 19.11 waiting to get on single line - 8008/12975
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 16th April 2009

How long were you there, Sion?

I notice that the northbound service that was due off Wesbury at around 19:35 was flagged as skipping Melksham - so presumably reversed at Batheaston (or did it have to go into Bath?)

Re: Sat on 19.11 waiting to get on single line - 8008/12977
Written by Sion Bretton on Thursday, 16th April 2009

I understand we held up due to a signal problem on the single line.

We arrived in Melksham at 19:30 and 4 passangers off & 1 passagner on.

I understand that FGW want to send this service via Bathampton just like they did with the Cheltenham service.

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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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