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"First Great Western wins operator of year at ceremony" - Wales Online (13/2/10) - 8077/13081
Written by Lee on Saturday, 13th February 2010

From Wales Online:

[quote="Wales Online"][b]First Great Western wins

Re: "First Great Western wins operator of year at ceremony" - Wales Online (13/2/10) - 8077/13087
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 1st March 2010

Good to see this .. though it must be stressed that the win was for "most improved" rather than for "best" ... and it was pointed out elsewhere that FGW had got themselves into such a dreadful pickle that the only way they had to go was up  ;)

But that haven't sorted out the TransWilts service yet!  It's down to less that half of what it was when First took over - yet it links major and growing population centres.  And yesterday - again (I thing for the third or fourth day this year) - they cancelled all services via Melksham.  Get yer fingers out, everyone!

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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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