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Save the Trains - Reaching out - 1031/2881
Written by WyvusArconius on Wednesday, 10th January 2007

Hey everyone,
    Just a thought I've been having. Would it be worth our while trying to put posters up at the stations along the "Transwilts" Line, to see if we catch the eyes of those who travel/would like to travel on the service? The more people we have on board (excuse the pun) the more "clout" we can weld. Not a heavy duty campaign, but something to let the masses know that there are those of us working for change.
This may have been dicussed previously, before my time here, but I wondered if it was a route worth looking down?


Re: Save the Trains - Reaching out - 1031/2894
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 10th January 2007

Well .. we couldn't fly post  ;)  and some of the stations don't have too many spare sign boards / those which are available need to have permission sought ...

Re: Save the Trains - Reaching out - 1031/2933
Written by WyvusArconius on Thursday, 11th January 2007

Having just seen the comment regarding the "more train, less strain" campaign and contacting the Frome times.. Is it worth contacting the Gazette and Herald or the (Wiltshire Times(?)) and seeing if they would be prepared to lend some extra media driven pressure to the cause. Would also be a good way of rallying support. Save the need for postering!


Re: Save the Trains - Reaching out - 1031/2937
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Friday, 12th January 2007

Daniel, it's not "either/or" - it's worth doing both / all.

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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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