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get some real action - 997/2790
Written by monty on Sunday, 7th January 2007

The people who really control First Great Western are the senior directors at First Group.

Can I suggest that to get some real action on the appalling overcrowding, cancelled services, etc, that you email your complaints and experiences direct to:

Dean Finch, Director of UK Rail for First Group and also Finance Director,


Moir Lockhead, Chief Executive, First Group,

This is much more likely to result in some action than going to FGW directors.  I suspect those at their level may not be fully in the picture about the chaos we have all endured since 10 December.

Please, please, pass this contact info on through any other websites, forums, etc, which may also be interested in this.

Re: get some real action - 997/2791
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 7th January 2007

I have been in touch with both these gentlemen in the past, and indeed now might be a good time to update them.  I understand that the DfT aren't happy (to put it mildly) with the FGW performance since the new timetable came into play, and I feel sure that the directors of First will be aware of this, even if none of them (nor even a director of their FGW offshoot) has bothered to come to Melksham.

Re: get some real action - 997/2792
Written by Sion Bretton on Sunday, 7th January 2007

I have e-mail them.

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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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