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22 trains have run, and 12 have been cancelled - 1057/2965
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 13th January 2007
Stats from 4th to 12th Jan inclusive. As far as Melksham is concerned, this is 22 trains that have called, with 12 trains that were timetabled to call not doing so.
I think a 35% cancellation rate is just about the worst I have even seen!
19:50 train on 12/01/2007 train ran but appears to have been diverted via Bath due to a problem on the Melksham line.
19:08 train on 12/01/2007 Cancelled at Swindon
07:17 train on 12/01/2007 departed 07:18
06:44 train on 12/01/2007 departed 06:47
19:50 train on 11/01/2007 departed 20:52 (delayed by a failed train north of Westbury)
19:08 train on 11/01/2007 departed On time
07:17 train on 11/01/2007 departed On time
06:44 train on 11/01/2007 planned cancellation
19:50 train on 10/01/2007 planned to terminate at Westbury
19:08 train on 10/01/2007 departed 19:12
07:17 train on 10/01/2007 departed 0728
06:44 train on 10/01/2007 planned cancellation
19:50 train on 09/01/2007 planned to terminate at Westbury
19:08 train on 09/01/2007 departed On time
07:17 train on 09/01/2007 departed On time
06:44 train on 09/01/2007 planned cancellation
19:50 train on 08/01/2007 Cancelled at Westbury.
19:08 train on 08/01/2007 Train ran but diverted via Bath due to a bridge strike on Melksham line
07:17 train on 08/01/2007 departed On time
06:44 train on 08/01/2007 Cancelled at Swindon, unit failure.
21:44 train on 07/01/2007 departed 21:46.
20:31 train on 07/01/2007 departed On time.
21:27 train on 06/01/2007 departed 21:44.
15:45 train on 06/01/2007 shows as On time.
15:25 train on 06/01/2007 departed On time.
09:27 train on 06/01/2007 departed On time.
19:50 train on 05/01/2007 departed 1952.
19:08 train on 05/01/2007 shows as Cancelled
07:17 train on 05/01/2007 departed 0742
06:44 train on 05/01/2007 departed 0703
19:50 train on 04/01/2007 departed on time.
19:08 train on 04/01/2007 shows as Cancelled
07:17 train on 04/01/2007 shows as Cancelled
06:44 train on 04/01/2007 shows as Planned cancellation
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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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