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Glenda Lamont Letter - New Year Timetable Changes? - 923/2614
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 27th December 2006

Below is a letter from Glenda Lamont , Customer Services Director , First Great Western (link below.)

Dear Customer,

Re: Glenda Lamont Letter - New Year Timetable Changes? - 923/2615
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 27th December 2006

Graham Ellis , 20/12/2006 :

The cry of "Told you so" rings out from Warminster to Severn Tunnel, from Swindon to Severn Beach, and from Melksham to Keynsham, Oldfield Park, Trowbridge and more.

The first two weeks of the new timetable, with a lack of trains, and a lack of a carriages on those remaining, has lead to many lost journeys, much discomfort, much frustration. Tom Harris, the transport minister tells us that a new timetable is always a difficult time and we must try to get used to it. Tom, I thinks it's deeper than that.

Julie Boston , Friends Of Suburban Bristol Railways , 26/12/2006 :

First Group has a near monopoly of the bus service in the Greater Bristol area and has won the rail franchise for the next 10 years.

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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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