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Virgin To Increase Birmingham - London Frequency - 2061/4908
Written by Lee on Friday, 20th April 2007
It has said it plans to run a further 17 trains a day between the cities , beginning in January 2009 (link below.)
Three trains will run each hour during off-peak periods , while there will be three more trains arriving in London before 0900 GMT.
Most will also call at Birmingham International and Coventry.
A regular hourly service will be provided to Rugby , Milton Keynes and Watford Junction.
The fastest train of the day is planned to take just one hour and 12 minutes to reach the capital.
There will also be a 20-minute interval service for much of the day on Saturdays and Sundays.
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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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