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[Archive] Current news - Swindon - Melksham - Westbury - Salisbury

Update - this is now an archived page. I still write rail commentaries almost daily, but on the First Great Western Coffee Shop. You can get straight to my very latest via [this link].

 This section contains regular news updates, written personally - sometimes known as the "Save the Train" blog. You're more than welcome to comment on matters raised here on the First Great Western Coffeeshop or on our own Save The Train forum.

Available entries ...

Spring 2009 Campaign update
We've been quiet over the winter ... but there have been things going on behind the scenes. With the economic downturn that we're all hearing about, it might seem a strange time to be looking for rail service improvements on the TransWilts line ... but ...
Preserved Railways - a look forward
Bitton ... Blaenavon ... Bodmin ... Bristol Harbour ... Bronwydd Arms ... Buckfastleigh ... Cranmore ... Cricklade ... Didcot ... Helston ... Kingswear ... Lydney ... Minehead ... Okehampton ... Seaton ... Swanage ... Toddington ... Wallingford ...
Campaign update - news for December 08 / 09 / 10 / 11 ...
There are periods in every campaign where things appear to be going off the boil, when in fact there's a lot going on behind the scenes. And so it has been in the case for a TransWilts service improvement - although you've not seen much here, there have ...
One long journey ends and another begins
We travelled from Westbury to Minehead yesterday on the "Minehead Marauder" - a special train donated for the day by First Great Western, staff working unpaid, on behalf of The Railway Children charity. At Minehead, you'll find the end of the South ...
Road - busy ... railway - no trains, so no users
The A36 is closed for 12 weeks at Limpley Stoke, and the signposted diversion is along the A350 throught the outskirts of Melksham, parallel with the TransWilts Railway line I had an appointment in Corsham at 9 O'Clock this morning - about 6 miles ...
Population growth, but congested roads
Major development is taking place near our local station - here's a view from the platform on Monday evening showing Spencer's Gate Development, which wasn't there 2 years ago, and which was advertised as being "close to the station" There's a coupld ...
Loss of train - loss of job
"Hi Graham I used to use this service. Then it was cut so I had to leave my job in Swindon as I couldn't get there by train. I am certainly willing to help on that one it used to be a really busy service - sadly they got basically rid of it." Launching ...
Terminal 5 - a portent for the Olympics?
I'm hearing on the news that Heathrow's newly opened Terminal 5 was in a state of some chaos on its first day today, with "Hand baggage only" being order of the daym, and what started as a smooth operation in the morning turning into a chaos of queues ...
Senseless service - could become sensible
"It didn't make any sense." So said a delegate on this week's course that I'm running in Melksham. Looking to travel down from Oxford, where he lives, by train ... that's about 60 miles. What did the train website tell him? To arrive for the 9 a.m. ...
Not a Swiss clock railway this morning
A Typical Morning in my Hotelier's diary here in Melksham, Wiltshire. The end-of-the-week business guests are leaving and making for their next destinations - the intenational set today (for the UK based folks left yesterday, today being Good Friday) ...
The heart says "public transport", the head forces car2008-03-08
Meeting Season2008-03-02
Milk producers2008-02-16
An unusual journey for me - some observations2008-02-12
Want to comment? You're welcome on the forum2008-02-06
Where has our train gone?2008-02-04
Comparing a different part of the country2008-01-31
Fare Strike Day2008-01-28
On truthfully advertising the case2008-01-19
Another slap in the face from First Great Western2008-01-16
Asda - an opportunity that can be used or squandered2008-01-14
How have trains being doing in the last 48 hours?2007-12-30
Happy Christmas everyone!2007-12-25
Trains to and from Melksham - Timetable from Dec07 to May082007-12-08
TransWilts trains ceased a year ago. Lets look forward2007-12-07
Santa Claus spotted at Swindon Station2007-12-03
A pile of 160 train tickets for tomorrow2007-11-30
First Great Western's Melksham service branded "a disgrace"2007-11-23
Cancellations, Changes and Crass Christmas2007-11-18
Rail user groups do NOT represent rail users?2007-11-10
Staffing-go-round - but the campaigners carry on2007-11-08
30 late, and a bus not a train ....2007-11-04
Campaigning Mantra - Philosophy behind the case2007-11-02
Commutes are longer, and in the west we may know why2007-10-29
Comparing a Wiltshire town with a Norfolk one2007-10-24
And the week ends with two more cancellations!2007-10-21
Does the new man want to play hard?2007-10-18
A First to Stagecoach comparison2007-10-15
Comment on December timetables2007-10-03
Front page update2007-09-29
Frustrated but not depairing2007-09-21
FSB - North and West Wilts Commitee - Federation of Small Businesses2007-09-14
How to fill platforms, and railway company coffers too!2007-09-01
The Ghost Train, Purton2007-08-23
A Comparison - travel in the USA by train2007-08-21
Weymouth, Poor Provisional, and Sunday2007-08-09
Radio - tomorrow morning?2007-07-23
We have another hill to climb2007-07-14
New faces - mayors and chairs.2007-06-24
Diary notes2007-06-20
News Roundup - a LOT is happening2007-06-09
Update being updated!2007-06-08
A roundup from a MELKSHAM perspective2007-06-08
The way forward - improved service and improved station2007-06-01
An update2007-05-14
Gordon Dodge, Rest in Peace2007-04-16
Helsinki and Heathrow to Melksham - Saturday2007-04-15
Asking for the political and part views2007-04-12
Government pressure to shut up. But let us look forward.2007-04-05
Petition Response - detail, opinion, context2007-04-03
Reply to Petition2007-03-31
What is happening?2007-03-18
Report - Monday night's meeting - press brief2007-03-07
The traveller, not the train!2007-03-04
A fast-moving story?2007-03-02
Passengers or Customers?2007-02-24
Invite letter - 5th March 2007 meeting2007-02-12
Save the Train v More Train, Less Strain2007-02-09
End game?2007-02-01
Keeping the diary rolling2007-01-24
Key players2007-01-17
PLEASE LOBBY - First, Dft, County Council, your MP2007-01-10
Welcome to 20072007-01-06
Christmas, 20062006-12-24
"Told you so"2006-12-20
New service - first impressions2006-12-14
They're gone ... but ...2006-12-10
Last Week - Press Release2006-12-05
Coming to a course in Melksham2006-11-28
Fading away?2006-11-26
2 weeks to go2006-11-21
Current and future summary2006-11-13
End of term - don't care2006-11-07
Returning from their UK course2006-10-28
Is this fare?2006-10-26
Behind the new timetable2006-10-19
Passenger or lemmings2006-10-11
More cancellations2006-10-10
Taunton meeting2006-10-04
From Ystrad Mynach2006-09-26
Consultant's reports recommended a modest INCREASE2006-09-24
A difficult choice for voters2006-09-23
20% service cut = 40% traffic cut?2006-09-17
If its working well, change it so it doesnt.2006-09-15
Is this train used?2006-09-04
Bus connections to Melksham from Chippenham2006-08-29
A year on - an empty bank holiday2006-08-29
One year on2006-08-14
Has our publicity reached the right people?2006-08-10
Flowers for Melksham. Flowers at Melksham.2006-08-06
A desire for honesty2006-08-03
Open Access case strengthened2006-07-30
Press Release - Open Access operator negotiations2006-07-26
In praise of estate agents2006-07-22
Bad news coming?2006-07-19
Pivotal decison - to grow or to strangle?2006-07-16
Rail future - the First Alternative2006-07-11
Friday, 7th July - Melksham2006-07-08
Visit by Chris Grayling and Michael Ancram2006-07-07
Welcome for Michael Ancram and Chris Grayling2006-07-06
Important but not refreshing meeting2006-07-05
Letter from Derek Twigg2006-06-28
Selling off any possibility of improvement2006-06-27
Internet connection issues2006-06-25
How to catch the 18:48 from Chippenham - the DfT suggests2006-06-16
Political pressure - press release2006-06-15
... is part of a planned war2006-06-12
Our battle ....2006-06-12
Lies, damned lies and statistics2006-06-09
Put yourself in their shoes2006-06-01
Home soon.2006-05-31
Carrying fresh air around?2006-05-19
Bus service costs 25 pounds per passenger to run?2006-05-18
Every so often, stop and look2006-05-16
It gets worse2006-05-15
Friday meeting - invite and details2006-05-11
First way to get rid of customers?2006-05-09
RailFuture meeting - some gems2006-05-07
RailFuture meeting today2006-05-06
Diary Date - 12th May2006-04-29
First back down or buses too.2006-04-26
Parliamentary Debate, 25th April2006-04-25
Meeting, 21st - notes2006-04-23
What SWPTUF says2006-04-23
Friday's meeting2006-04-23
Meeting, tonight2006-04-21
Celebrating a closure2006-04-17
Meeting, Friday 21st2006-04-17
Friday, 21st, Trowbridge2006-04-12
Southampton to Westbury RESTORED2006-04-11
Constituency Changes2006-04-07
First - transforming travel2006-04-04
An update - BAD, BAD news for Melksham ...2006-04-03
UPDATE - new timetables2006-04-03
High emotion2006-04-03
Someone can't wait!2006-03-31
Real time train monitoring2006-03-30
The Waiting Game2006-03-29
Service failure looses more customers2006-03-22
Not just the TransWilts and Melksham ...2006-03-21
On supporting other campaigns ...2006-03-14
New pages and information2006-03-12
Ploughing back OUR money, not theirs.2006-03-09
A whole pile of responses2006-03-08
Meetings and Consultation Responses2006-03-08
INPUTS NEEDED by 8th March2006-03-05
Safer current trains - the 06:56, 07:45 and 18:092006-02-28
Roger Jones answers 5 months later!2006-02-27
A week is a long time2006-02-26
Three and a half answers out of 42006-02-22
Draft timetables (continued)2006-02-21
Background and opinion2006-02-17
On the 05:52 this morning2006-02-16
Out with the old users, in with the new2006-02-15
Draft Timetable is here2006-02-14
Today or tomorrow2006-02-13
Meeting with a local MP2006-02-11
Waiting, with baited breath2006-02-09
Timetable consultation coming up2006-02-08
From my postbag ...2006-02-07
Recent Correspondence2006-02-05
Keep watching - coming to the boil!2006-02-03
Further threats2006-01-30
Current status ...2006-01-29
Were they purchasing votes?2006-01-29
Repeat - PLEASE write in with your aspirations2006-01-22
First want to hear your aspirations2006-01-19
Winners and losers in the Devizes constituency2006-01-17
Railway statistics and Melksham comparisons - how do we stand?2006-01-16
What does First pay the government for Greater Western?2006-01-15
Wilts County Council could save the Melksham / Transwilts train2006-01-14
Reply from MD of First Great Western2006-01-12
The Meeting Season2006-01-11
New Sign2006-01-08
Bustitution - buses for trains on Saturdays and Sundays2006-01-06
New year, 20062006-01-01
Christmas service - unrequired, or just unprovided?2005-12-26
A comparison across the world2005-12-24
Even new stations don't always survive2005-12-23
No final decision yet2005-12-21
New fares from 2nd January 20062005-12-20
Every journey has a story2005-12-19
Upside Down2005-12-18
Melksham rail traffic up 33% in 3 months2005-12-17
Should badgers be culled?2005-12-16
Virtually no service - or excellent service. Request the latter.2005-12-15
First specific Melksham rumour ...2005-12-14
First Group - First answer on Melksham2005-12-14
Greater Western Franchise awarded2005-12-13
Train service fading away too?2005-12-12
Santa Claus at Melksham Station2005-12-10
A Quandry2005-12-09
From the rumour mill2005-12-08
Melksham and TransWilts train service - closure by stealth?2005-12-06
At Temple Meads today2005-12-05
Latest official answer2005-12-04
Driving customers away?2005-12-04
Don't drink and drive - drink and train.2005-12-02
Keeping the campaign tail up2005-11-30
STILL worth writing. To MP, To Dft, to bidders.2005-11-25
A bustle before the 17:022005-11-24
Plus a footnote - Melksham to London2005-11-21
Timetable - Melksham to Reading and London2005-11-20
What does it cost to run a train?2005-11-16
A THOUSAND visitors2005-11-15
Forum Archives available2005-11-12
Busy train at Melksham2005-11-11
Monday morning, Melksham Station2005-11-08
Some scenes at Melksham Station2005-11-06
A disappointing letter2005-11-03
The storm's eye?2005-10-25
Warminster Bus Running Day, 20052005-10-23
The system is overcomplex - no wonder some odd things happen2005-10-21
A case of the tail wagging the dog??2005-10-20
Kiss and Ride report2005-10-18
Ready for Tuesday2005-10-16
Bump from Glasgow2005-10-14
New stats prove it - the service IS used2005-10-12
Tracking codes for TransWilts stations2005-10-11
Try the train on 18th October2005-10-09
And more train users ...2005-10-08
Six NEW factors why the TransWilts train that serves Melksham should be enhanced and not cut2005-10-07
Tuesday, 18th October - Kiss and Ride day2005-10-04
Quotes from Government2005-10-02
Would this government close a station completely?2005-10-01
An easy timetable - Melksham to Chippenham and Swindon2005-09-30
Didn't you read page 52 of web document?2005-09-29
Core meeting2005-09-27
Regularity, Reliability, Realistic connections2005-09-25
Swindon to Trowbridge2005-09-24
35% Growth in one year - Melksham ticket statistics2005-09-23
Great meeting but just a start.2005-09-21
Old pictures. Not to be repeated event2005-09-18
Don't believe everything you hear2005-09-16
Official (Government) view ... and I agree2005-09-14
Encouraging traffic not just warm words2005-09-13
Meeting, 20th September - getting nervous2005-09-11
Don't let this become history!2005-09-10
Looking slightly wider2005-09-09
The story so far2005-09-08
Welcome to News and Views2005-09-07
Welcome to News and Views2005-09-07

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