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Big news - a train actually ran on time! - 827/2386
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 13th December 2006
I've been monitoring trains at Melksham since Monday ... and the 07:17 this morning (Wednesday) was the very first train to run on time. We had 2 cancellations and 7 services a few minutes late up to that point ...
Are the timings too tight for the nodding donkeys?
If we could have a train every 2 hours but it took 50 minutes rather than 45, Swindon to Westbury, I think that woul dbe more than acceptable. And I don't mind trains being a handlful of minutes late. What would worry me would be someone coming along later and telling us that they have withdrawn even [something] because it was always late and getting in the way of other services.
Re: Big news - a train actually ran on time! - 827/2458
Written by Lee on Saturday, 16th December 2006
[quote author=Graham Ellis link=topic=827.msg2386#msg2386 date=1166022473]What would worry me would be someone coming along later and telling us that they have withdrawn even [something] because it was always late and getting in the way of other services.[/quote]
I agree , Graham.
WEEK ONE OF THE NEW MELKSHAM TRAIN SERVICE
18 out of 20 trains ran but....
ONLY 3 WERE ON TIME ??? ???
Re: Big news - a train actually ran on time! - 827/2465
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 16th December 2006
15:35 Chippenham to Westbury today left Chippenham about 6 minutes late - in fact the departure board was showing both the 15:35 and the following 15:41 to Bath / Bristol expected at 15:41. Needless to say, it was a class 143. The 150 in the opposite direction was on time.
I'm glad to report that we made it pastThingley without the 125 crashing into our rear ;-)
Loadings - 4 into Melksham on the "up" train, 1 got off, I was the only one waiting. 17 on the return trip from Chippenham, 5 got off at Melksham and no-one extra joined. Looked like shoppers to Swindon, so I suspect they had gone up on the quarter past 9.
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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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