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Snow Hits Thousands Of Commuters - 1189/3395
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 24th January 2007
Thousands of travellers faced delays on the way to work after a dusting of snow disrupted rail services in the south of England (link below.)
Re: Snow Hits Thousands Of Commuters - 1189/3456
Written by courgettelawn on Thursday, 25th January 2007
Yes, it is terrible, this country always seems to get the wrong type of weather. I've also heard that problems may be caused due to 'wintry conditions'. I feel sorry for the rail operators who seem to be surprised at the turning of the seasons. Too cold in winter, too hot in the summer, too many leaves in the autumn (of the wrong sort) and too much fluff that's fallen from a meteorite and encased the driver's head. When they've chipped it off the train will be on its way (after Bill Bailey, Bewilderness)...
Re: Snow Hits Thousands Of Commuters - 1189/3476
Written by Lee on Thursday, 25th January 2007
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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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