|They're gone ... but ...
The last of the old services ran yesterday ... and indeed the 17:50 our from Swindon was packed with Father Christmas on board. A great time had by all, and a lot of pictures - but also a very sad time.
A battle has been lost. But there's still a war tobe fought. And we retain the moral high ground. In term of usage, future, etc, the decisions taken by the DfT / First can - at best - be said to be out of date and misguided. At worst, they're an abuse of position on a hidden agenda. It's amazing what the Freedom of Information has revealed - meetings to discuss how to minimise consultation effects, specialists reports that say that the evening train should NOT be retimed being blatently ignored. And add to that the cavelier nature with which the service has been so frequently cancelled of late "because it's the easiest service to replace by a bus".
But I'm spouting on there far, far too negative for our own good. There IS a ray of light - might just be a kite but let's fly it. "What would you like to see in terms of timing with a hypothetical train dedicated tothe line'. Talk is December, 2007. Perhaps, belatedly, someone is seeing the right way to do this and if they do, I'll be delighted to work with them
Written 2006-12-10 07:37:57
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