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Never mind the cancellation - it was the last run anyway - 4869/8889
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 2nd December 2007

20:24 Southampton Central to Swindon due 22:29

This train will be terminated at Westbury.It will no longer call at: Trowbridge, Melksham, Chippenham and Swindon.This is due to a member of train crew being unavailable.

I guess they just don't care ... that was the very last Sunday evening that train was supposed to run through from Westbury to Swindon!

Re: Never mind the cancellation - it was the last run anyway - 4869/8890
Written by WyvusArconius on Sunday, 2nd December 2007

In FGW's defense, there had been a fatality at Cosham, and that had knocked a lot of trains/crews out of sequence. Not a major excuse I know, but perhaps an explaination.

Re: Never mind the cancellation - it was the last run anyway - 4869/8892
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 3rd December 2007

True enough - although the notices on the web site seemed to indicate it was pretty well all cleared up by that time.

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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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