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BBC Radio Wiltshire today - 625/1878
Written by Nick Field on Thursday, 9th November 2006

Caught the tail end of an interview with Graham on the breakfast show about Westbury to Swindon service cuts.

Re: BBC Radio Wiltshire today - 625/1879
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 9th November 2006

Yes, I didn't feel I did particularly well on this interview.  In hindsight, the fact that they had a potted interview with Andrew Griffiths making his point left me having to follow on and be a bit of a "yes, but" aplologist - strategically bad position to be in.    And hard to react in a couple of minutes and get across that:

a) Andrews figures were old.

b) Andrew's figures were ONLY for Melksham and he was ignoring other users of the service - rather he was treating the service as if it was a private branch to Melksham only.

c) First are NOT providing a peak hour service from 10th December even if they say they are. That's DfT'd definition of peak rather than mine.

Perhaps just "sour grapes" ... I did a poor interview.  Ah well - still helped raise the case / situation.

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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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