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Author Topic: Melksham Station Set for Transformation  (Read 2867 times)
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« Reply #15 on: April 29, 2020, 07:03:10 pm »

Speaking as someone who has compared their fair share of articles looking for informative quotes, this wouldn't be the first time this has happened, nor will it be the last.

It just goes to show that coordination is key, especially with stories like this  Cheesy

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« Reply #16 on: April 30, 2020, 01:58:36 am »

I was really surprised that this article didn't include any "driving force" references, and even struck a mildly critical "details of which he declined to reveal" note towards the end.

We need not have worried. The article has since been "corrected" with "driving force" reference now fully present and correct:


I guess that's the benefit of bringing a Marketing and Communications Manager onto your board!

Actually - somewhat my error.  The Gazette and Herald has published two articles on the same topic as far as I can see, and my initial link was to one of them with the text of the other.  Both are now in my initial post and both article remained in place as I wrote this follow up.

I am suspecting two press releases involved, two journalists both working from home, and a case of left and right hand not knowing what the other is doing  Grin

Getting two sides on the same story is always informative.

I have now had a chance to properly compare the two articles, and I am afraid that the truth is closer to my theory than to yours.

This is because the two articles are almost identical in their wording apart from two aspects. Firstly the titles:

Melksham firm supports TransWilts railway station improvements


Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems UK (United Kingdom) gives financial backing to TransWilts

And secondly just one key paragraph is different in the main article:

TransWilts chairman, Paul Johnson, the driving force behind the initiative, said: “I’m delighted to have secured this three-year stakeholder partnership with Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems UK.


TransWilts chairman, Paul Johnson said the financial support, details of which he declined to reveal, would underpin leasing agreements for the car park area.

He added: “I’m delighted to have secured this three-year stakeholder partnership with Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems UK.

Apart from the above, the text of both articles is exactly the same, which strongly suggests that they were derived from the same press release, and not two press releases as you speculated. The one key difference in wording between the two makes the impression far less critical of TransWilts, also supporting my theory.

Also, the two articles were both written by the same journalist, John Baker, and not by two different journalists as you suspected in your post.

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« Reply #17 on: April 30, 2020, 06:54:10 am »

I have now had a chance to properly compare the two articles, and I am afraid that the truth is closer to my theory than to yours.

This is because ...

Maybe ...

Bottom line. 

Investment in Melksham station, good facilities that will help develop traffic further. Additional northern access, service reliability and increases and bus connection also needed in parallel and are very much on the radar and none-conflicting.

Press stories (theatre shows, etc) select a few key actors to highlight rather than the cast of thousands backing them up.  Nature of the beast, if you like.  So there are many, many heroes of getting Melksham Station to where it is today who do not feature in the current articles.  Personal note - I know many but I'm sure not all of them and if you / they are reading this - THANK YOU.


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« Reply #18 on: April 30, 2020, 09:07:05 am »

A success story that deserves to be rightfully celebrated,my congratulations to all involved with making the Transwilts and especially Melksham Station so improved.
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