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Christmas Services Criticised - 873/2495
Written by Lee on Monday, 18th December 2006

Train and bus companies are accused today of ignoring the needs of passengers by shutting down services for almost 60 hours over Christmas (link below.),,2-2509416,00.html

A cross-party group of more than 30 MPs has joined forces with Passenger Focus , the national rail passenger watchdog , to call for a basic public transport service on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Re: Christmas Services Criticised - 873/2499
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 18th December 2006

"""A Network Rail spokesman said:

Re: Christmas Services Criticised - 873/2505
Written by Nick Field on Monday, 18th December 2006

I can understand why no services would run on Christmas Day but on Boxing Day many people attend Football matches, Horse Racing etc, and nowadays it seems to be the first day of the sales with shops opening early.

Re: Christmas Services Criticised - 873/2556
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 20th December 2006

An early day motion has been tabled on this (link below.)

Re: Christmas Services Criticised - 873/2581
Written by Nick Field on Friday, 22nd December 2006

John Grogan was on BBC News 24 speaking about this.  He mentioned about how most European services ran services at least on Boxing day.  Here is a Times link:,,2-2509416,00.html

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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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