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Turning at Chippenham - 135/318
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 31st January 2006
NOT my preferred option, but just to confirm - trains can turn at Chippenham.
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At least one of the early morning Melksham trains on Monday was turned round at Chippenham, if the live departure boards can be believed.
I know they've been turning GW trains from Bristol at Chippenham during engineering works between Chippenham and Swindon (that was earlier this month). I asked why the Wessex train couldn't be turned there - why it had to be a bus all the way from Westbury - and I was told that First had got in and grabbed all the available slots - that it blocks the line for 40 minutes to turn a train around.
Re: Turning at Chippenham - 135/319
Written by Nick Field on Wednesday, 1st February 2006
I expect the trains were turned around at Chippenham on monday because of the derailment at Wootton Bassett
Re: Turning at Chippenham - 135/320
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 1st February 2006
I'm sure that's why ... I was away in Stoke-on-trent and the derailment didn't make the local news up there ... I've just got back!
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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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