Save the Melksham Train
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Friday, 26th March 2010. Launch of TransWilts Community Rail Partnership. Bridge House, Trowbridge, from 19:30
An exciting new step forward to rejeuvenation of the line, its service and its use
BUSY, EXCELLENT MEETING ... see [here] for initial report
Train service remains dire - southbound from Swindon at 06:15 and 18:45, northbound from Westbury at 07:02 and 19:35. Please pledge your support if you would like to see an increase to six trains a day -
arriving Swindon at 07:48 08:53 11:50 14:50 17:36 and 20:19,
returning at 06:18 09:02 12:02 15:02 17:55 and 18:45.

Keynote for 2010

Forum archive ... Blog archive

WRITE for a real train service for Melksham

* The trains WOULD be used if a good service was provided
* Melksham is a GROWING town with substantial and growing travel needs
* The people of Melksham WILL work well with a good supplier
* A proper service WOULD make a profit for the First Group

Who's who?

The Managing Director of First Greater Western

Alison Forster
Managing Director
First Great Western
Milford House
1, Milford Street
Swindon SN1 1HL

I'm sure that Ms Forster is going to be very busy for the next few months and will pass on these letters to someone who has the new service offerings as a more specific brief. First don't give out many names, so write to Ms Forster at the moment and I'll come back with alternative(s) if and when I have them

Customer Relations for the First Great(er) Western operation

Customer Relation Department
First Greater Western
Freepost SWB40576
Plymouth PL4 6ZZ

My contacts are Alice Broadhurst and Gary Badcoe - both of whom pass on comments to "the relevant managers" - so this is said to be an indirect conduit to the correct people.

Our local train service user's representative on First's passenger panel

Roger Newman
36 Blind Lane
Wilts BA14 9PJ

Note - Members of the passenger panel are NOT employees of First Group, but they have been appointed by the company to represent passenger's view to them. It's sufficiently official for them to attend meetings on First's behalf, and have official First Group badges. Mr Newman attended our "Save the Train" meeting on September 20th and spoke "for" First Group; with them winning the bid and proposing to act (I believe) against the interests of Melksham, we should now use him as a conduit of our views to the company.

At the top of the First Group ... their chief executive

Moir Lockhead
FirstGroup plc
Block E, 3rd Floor
Macmillan House
Paddington Station
London W2 1FG

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