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This evening - 19th October - "Save the Train" Commitee meeting - 4487/8269
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Friday, 19th October 2007
We had pencilled in this evening as a possible "Save the Train" commitee meeting ... which I have been reminded about by email. Anyone who wants to pop around to our place / arrive between 7:15 and 7:30 is very welcome and it would be useful (to put it mildly) to talk things through but no formal meeting. And I need to pop out at about 7:40 to drop a customer off for the 7:50!
There has been a LOT happening in the last 6 weeks - new FGW staff appearing and previous ones either left or in the process of leaving, so where to feedback is somewhat up in the air. I do know there's a big stakeholder meeting today with the new route director (West) concerning Portsmouth - Cardiff, but it's an operators and financers meeting (and perhaps regulators) rather than anything that customers or customer representatives are invited to.
You'll see elsewhere that I have been in touch with the route director and been invited to meet up with him to talk through the case in more detail. Provisionally, that's at the start of the week after next, evening, here in Melksham and I would very much like to have 1 or 2 of you here as well. Meeting only set up yesterday, so still gathering thoughts.
Re: This evening - 19th October - "Save the Train" Commitee meeting - 4487/8275
Written by Nick Field on Friday, 19th October 2007
Must admit, tonight had slipped my mind, would like to meet up when the route director attends though - keep us posted on that
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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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