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Still denying a service even exists - 8156/13211
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 1st June 2010
Yesterday, I dropped off a group of three for the 19:11 to Southampton, and met a course delegate off the train as it arrived from Swindon.
"When I got to Swindon they told me there wasn't a train to Melksham - that I should go to Bath and get the bus" my delegate told me.
Re: Still denying a service even exists - 8156/13213
Written by Lee on Saturday, 5th June 2010
As an aside, when the public address system at Worcester Shrub Hill called the 1706 to Southampton Central on Thursday, it missed out Melksham even though the screen showed the train as calling there...
As a further aside, the 1940 service to Southampton Central still hadnt left Westbury when I caught the 2001 to Portsmouth Harbour on Friday...
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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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