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A letter from Network Rail - 4475/8252
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 18th October 2007

The following response comes to my request for route availability information, and my request for clarification of the statement that the improvements that were on teh table for this December were squashed by Network Rail


I have been passed your email to Dave Ward and I have discussed the matter with FGW.

At the present time Network rail is aware that FGW are working hard to resource extra services on this route section that were lost following the introduction of the December 2006 timetable.

There are no additional constraints on track capacity in the Swindon area but clearly a workable pathway interwoven with the current high speed and freight services might be difficult to obtain if the train resources are only available at certain times of the day.

At present there are some draft proposals that FGW are hoping to finalise for the May 2008 timetable and we will work with them should they be able to reintroduce services on this route section.

If you have any other questions please feel free to contact me.

Richard C Cole
Customer Relationship Executive (FGW)
Network Rail
125 House

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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.

-- Graham Ellis, (webmaster), February 2021

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