|Is this train used?
I'm buoyed up, enthusiastic concerning news / figures / infomation received and observed, even if also tinged with a little dark clound that says "perhaps too late". We'll see. I found myself on the 05:52 from Melksham to Swindon this morning, with 18 people on from Melksham to Chippenham, and no less that 42 from there to Swindon. Yes, I had raised a group but my group save ticket was actually a minority of people on the train. Here are some pictures:
The view of ...
the Department for Transport
The view of ...
the users of the service
These are both views of the same train; what I see is a whole lot of passengers and talking to them I see a whole wide range of journeys, and I hear of problems for them when the train is no longer available. What the DfT see is a very nice, expensive train with no-one around. Dear Mr DfT, please come down while you've still got a chance and look inside the train! If you change you mind at the 11th hour and reprieve the service, you won't be admitting weakness - you'll be showing strength of character in changing a decision that is no longer the right one, even if that change gives you a bit of extra work in getting the December timetables through.
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Written 2006-09-04 18:54:23
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