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Passengers Falling Due To STJ Reductions / Shorter Trains? - 836/2405
Written by Lee on Thursday, 14th December 2006

Quote from the Severn Tunnel Junction website (link below.)

"The official rail watchdog, Passenger Focus, says the number of commuters taking trains west from Cardiff after 5pm appears to have fallen. Surveys are being undertaken to establish whether this is because of workers using up annual leave before the end of the year, or because commuters have switched from rail to road transport."

Re: Passengers Falling Due To STJ Reductions / Shorter Trains? - 836/2409
Written by Nick Field on Thursday, 14th December 2006

For me this is one of the big concerns.

Re: Passengers Falling Due To STJ Reductions / Shorter Trains? - 836/2411
Written by Lee on Thursday, 14th December 2006

[quote author=Graz link=topic=803.msg2336#msg2336 date=1165868990]David Redgewell, of campaign group Transport 2000, said: "This new service wasn't down to First Great Western.

"It has happened because of pressure from the highest possible level - the rail minister.

"The Department for Transport identified that there was a problem with the level of trains calling at places within the Bath area.

"We are hopeful that after May the minister will insist on a review of the services run in the west and will put the required amount of resources into the trains serving Freshford, Avoncliff, Trowbridge, Melksham and Bath, so we can get trains back.

"We need those back for the economy, for the tourists we depend on, and for the prosperity of the area."

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I share your concern , Nick.

What worries me is that the DfT / FGW may be planning to let this continue until May 2007 in order to force passengers off the trains. They can then claim that usage has declined across the board.

Re: Passengers Falling Due To STJ Reductions / Shorter Trains? - 836/2421
Written by Sion Bretton on Thursday, 14th December 2006

Wellthe Station Manager at Temple Meads to passengers to write to thier MP's about the shorter trains and cancellations.
Where are the staff at Temple Meads & displays advising trains not stopping at Bath Spa, becasue the trains are too full.

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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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