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Hope For Improved Fishguard Services? - 3997/7579
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 12th September 2007

A study by consultants of a new service over the Fishguard line is said to be positive (link below.)

There have previously been rumours of closure.

Re: Hope For Improved Fishguard Services? - 3997/7593
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 13th September 2007

Fishguard, exactly like Melksham, currently "enjoys" a service of two train a day, at times that (to put it mildly) are unsuitable for the local population and travellers to the town.

The population of Fishguard is 3000, and the article talks of a 90 minute journey by road to the major centre for the area.

The population of Melksham is 24000, and it's a 90 minute journey by bus to Swindon.

There's excellent talk in the article of improving the Fishguard service - good news

The December 2007 timetable for Melksham moves the Monday to Friday morning train even earlier, and the evening train even later - only be a minute of two - bad news.

Of course, Fishguard is in a different country where there appears to be a more caring Government and Train Operating Company.

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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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