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Under 20 passengers per train - official. Over 50 passengers - actual - 251/664
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Friday, 9th June 2006
Having just written a piece about skewed statistics (on the blog - see here), I notice that 2 trains were cancelled yesterday for definite, and 2 more were showing "no information" on the departure board at the time they were due ... so they probably didn't run either.
Every cancelled train is a "double whammie" ... not only does it put people off trying the train again, but the passengers-per-train statistics that decision makers quote get skewed because they're based on trains scheduled in the timetable and not on trains actually run.
Re: Under 20 passengers per train - official. Over 50 passengers - actual - 251/665
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 10th June 2006
I'm told that the lunchtime train that showed as "no report" did actually run, although it was late. I'll revise me best estimate for that day to say that 80% of trains probably ran, rather than 60%. It's still a far cry from targets of around 99% that are set and proudly said to be achieved on signs at stations ....
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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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