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Trains return to Melksham after an 8 day absence - 4th September 2006 - 369/1110
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 3rd August 2006
After an 8 day gap, the trains return on the morning of 4th September 2006 with the 05:52 departure to Swindon.
At the very least, I'm planning to be there at the station, and I'll be inviting others to join me to - perhaps for a ride up to Swindon and back. This will be an important return ....
Re: Trains return to Melksham after an 8 day absence - 4th September 2006 - 369/1296
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 26th August 2006
Hope to see a few more there too ... we've made the local paper:
Re: Trains return to Melksham after an 8 day absence - 4th September 2006 - 369/1308
Written by Lee on Monday, 28th August 2006
Quote from the above article :
"We are in a position to add services that are commercially viable, but the trains being removed from Melksham are off-peak and only lightly used, so we are not in a position to add services there."
HOW MANY TIMES DO WE HAVE TO TELL THESE PEOPLE?
AN EXTREMELY STRONG COMMERCIAL CASE IS MADE IN THE LINK BELOW.
TWO LINKS THAT EXPLAIN THAT THE PASSENGER LOADING FIGURES ARE INCORRECT , AND THAT THE OFF - PEAK SERVICES ARE IN FACT WELL - USED CAN BE FOUND BELOW.
I hope this helps to clarify the situation.
4th September - MEETING on 05:52 to Swindon - please join me - 369/1330
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Friday, 1st September 2006
This is the text of a general email sent out ... ALL are welcome ...
After a 9 day stoppage, trains will be calling again at Melksham - starting with the 05:52 service to Swindon.
CAN YOU JOIN ME PLEASE ON THAT TRAIN - the service is due to be cut back in December to a skeleton service, and we're going to have to fight hard to retain even that in future years.
Re: Trains return to Melksham after an 8 day absence - 4th September 2006 - 369/1381
Written by Sion Bretton on Monday, 4th September 2006
Yes it was good to see the 6.56 train shame was 17 minutes late.
Just to let you know on BBC1 at 6.25 am today they reported about the protest.
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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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