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Gridlock As Long Portsmouth Shutdown Begins - 907/2598
Written by Lee on Saturday, 23rd December 2006

As some of you will know , I am Portsmouth - based and you may be interested to hear that Network Rail has given passengers in my area an unwanted yuletide gift (link below.)

We dont get our trains back until February 4 2007!!!!

Partly thanks to Network Rails' immaculate timing (last Saturday before the "big day" , Portsmouth v Sheffield United Premiership football match) , the city has been gridlocked all day. Even Santa was spotted stuck in traffic just outside the North End district.....

Merry Christmas :)

Re: Gridlock As Long Portsmouth Shutdown Begins - 907/2617
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 27th December 2006

Here is a further link on this.

Mark Dunn , of South West Trains admitted that the next few weeks would be challenging.


Re: Gridlock As Long Portsmouth Shutdown Begins - 907/2648
Written by Lee on Friday, 29th December 2006

Here is a further link on this.

Quote from passenger :

'It's definitely added extra time to my journey, maybe an hour. I think it's a stupid time of year to do it.'

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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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