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Evening Train from Swindon cancelled tonight - 99/207
Written by Nick Field on Friday, 23rd December 2005

I heard on BBC Radio Wilts Travel News that the 1743 from Swindon to Southampton was cancelled and starting from Westbury.

Re: Evening Train from Swindon cancelled tonight - 99/208
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 24th December 2005

Geeze ... I hate to say "again" because any reader who picks this up and is thinking of using the service will be put right off.  And yet - it's a further illustration of the incredible potential of the line.  We roll our eyes and almost expect regular cancellations ... at the same time traffic continues to get better on the trains that do run.  Did you see my daily snapshot exactly a week previous, when there was a 33% increase on train users in Melksham from just three months earlier.

"Use it or loose it" say the planners.  We ARE using it - and in the face of quite some adversity. Let's hope that we've still got a chance to work WITH them (now the First team) to keep it - and with an improved realiability - and to everyone's advantage.

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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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