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Sunday Trains & Live Departure Boards - 868/2479
Written by streety7 on Sunday, 17th December 2006

I was on the Live Departure boards website earlier and was quite intrigued...

1951 Sunday Service
In the FGW train times book Swindon-Westbury section:
Train starting from Southampton Central, to Swindon arriving 2020.
Who knows why they want cycle restrictions on a service at this time on a Sunday (pink dot).
On the Live Departure Boards:
This train starts from Westbury at 1935, not Southampton Central. It continues to Cheltenham Spa (via Stroud Valley Line) arriving at 2130.

This train only starts from Southampton after 4th February - end of timetable, according to the train times book
No mention of the service continuing to Cheltenham

2144 Sunday Service
In the FGW train times book Swindon-Westbury section:
Train starting from Southampton Central, to Swindon arriving 2227.
On the Live Departure Boards:
This train starts from Westbury at 2125, not Southampton Central.

According to the train times book this train should start from Southampton Central on any Sunday which the timetable covers.

??? These are very bizarre. I don't understand why there are such differences between resources.

This service must also be error prone:

They have entered it twice into the LDB's.

The 1951 train tonight on Sunday 17th December (in picture above) I suspect departed about 1 minute late, however now shows as No Report on the LDB system.
Hardly any trains before the new timetable on the LDB at Melksham were marked as No Report, have they decided to turn off the monitoring point at Melksham so it looks like none of the trains run because most if not all are showing as No Report. ???

Also, wouldn't it be nice if the Melksham live departure board on a Monday at 1pm would look like this:

(Graham's 2-hourly service proposal)

As opposed to this, which is the current service:

(FGW timetable at December 2006) :(

Re: Sunday Trains & Live Departure Boards - 868/2486
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 18th December 2006

"First Great Western regret that the 19:51 service to Cheltenham Spa has been cancelled .... alternative arrangements ... sorry for any inconvenince".

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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.

-- Graham Ellis, (webmaster), February 2021

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