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More Train, Less Strain Campaign - 1039/2911
Written by Ruthg on Thursday, 11th January 2007

The More Train, Less Strain Campaign is leafleting commuters on the Frome to Bristol line and they now have an online petition which can be found at

and also a discussion group at

Re: More Train, Less Strain Campaign - 1039/2930
Written by bubblecat on Thursday, 11th January 2007

Just signed!

Good luck with this!!!

If you need anyone to hand things out - then message me!

Have we thought about contacting The Frome Times?

I've e-mailed our MP but heard nothing back as yet.

Re: More Train, Less Strain Campaign - 1039/2982
Written by Ruthg on Saturday, 13th January 2007

Hi, if you contact Simon who is running the campaign, I'm sure he would be happy to give you some leaflets (I did some yesterday on the 06.47 from Frome), or would be grateful for the other of help. His email address can be found on the website

link to index of articles

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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