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Train Cancellations and Short-formed trains for 2nd - 5th Jan 2007 - 969/2710
Written by streety7 on Wednesday, 3rd January 2007

FGW have taken the time to pre-warn everyone about some daily cancellations and short-formed trains for this week... see the link below


This page summarises that a couple of trains in the early evening and one in the morning will be cancelled all week due to stock shortages, and that a handful of services including Cheltenham-Taunton, Westbury-Filton & Cardiff-Fareham - being formed of 2 carriages instead of 3/4.

Again, there are numerous updates on the FGW website.

Re: Train Cancellations and Short-formed trains for 2nd - 5th Jan 2007 - 969/2716
Written by Graz on Wednesday, 3rd January 2007

How nice of them!  ::) To be serious, though, I wouldn't be surprised if this is the first ever time long notice cancellations were made because of train shortages.

FGW were on Points West again tonight because of the fare rises, short forming and cancellations...and it's taking a lot longer than Andrew Griffiths said a month ago to get things to an adequate level. In fact, I'd say things are worse than ever...

Re: Train Cancellations and Short-formed trains for 2nd - 5th Jan 2007 - 969/2718
Written by Sion Bretton on Wednesday, 3rd January 2007

Look at this link

link to index of articles

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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