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New Platform At Bristol Parkway? - 1034/2892
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 10th January 2007

A fourth platform could be built at Bristol Parkway station to help cut congestion (link below.)

The news was revealed to Northavon MP Steve Webb after he demanded a meeting with the train company about its takeover of the franchise covering the Bristol area.

Re: New Platform At Bristol Parkway? - 1034/2897
Written by Graz on Wednesday, 10th January 2007

Fourth?! There are only currently two!

Either way, a good idea to build an extra one as I've got stuck outside there a few times...

EDIT: Oops, I should read the article properly next time! Well, I'm not sure if four would be nessecary, but a third would definitely be useful...

Re: New Platform At Bristol Parkway? - 1034/3888
Written by Lee on Monday, 12th February 2007

Definately 2 more platforms according to the link below.

Further quotes :

"First Great Western is contributing

Re: New Platform At Bristol Parkway? - 1034/3892
Written by Nick Field on Monday, 12th February 2007

Good news - I remember being at Parkway a few years ago when they had just opened the posh new ticket office hall etc, many people said that they should of spent the money on the extra platforms back then rather than the new ticket office.  Still better late than never!

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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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