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BBC Radio Wiltshire interview, and First Group's response. - 92/193
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 20th December 2005

Live radio interview, this morning, with BBC Radio Wiltshire ... and they seem to be playing it back every hour.  Went well (I think) and we got some very good points about the train service across when "live", edited for the replay to make it even more effective.

The BBC even managed to get a response from First Group, all be it the standard one of "we are improving services" and "we will still run the commuter train" without coming back with any real answers to the points I raised.  But at 7 a.m. in the morning, that's realistically all that they could be expected from the staff on the current shift at the Customer Relations desk.  Hopefully questions such as this / calls noted and will be more seriously considered in the light of day.

Re: BBC Radio Wiltshire interview, and First Group's response. - 92/196
Written by Nick Field on Wednesday, 21st December 2005

I managed to listen some of it - hopefully this great bit of publicicty will bring the situation to the attention of many others at this crucial time. 

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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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