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Melksham and the GWR Line - 104/220
Written by mark-scott on Tuesday, 3rd January 2006

From next year, since First will run all the services around here, how about the following idea for train services

London to Cardiff like normal but at Swindon, divert onto the Melksham Branch calling at Melksham and Trowbridge, then back along the line to Bath and Temple Meads
London / Cardiff to Southampton again up to Swindon / Chippenham but then using the Melksham line calling at Melksham and Trowbridge then following the Wessex line down.

Im not sure of the maximum allowed cpacity and frequency on the branch but it could be workable

Re: Melksham and the GWR Line - 104/221
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 4th January 2006

I rather suspect that reversing main line trains at Trowbridge would add more minutes to the journey that most of the through customers would like ... but there is a lot to be said for First tapping the Southampton traffic (or indeed the London to Weymouth traffic!)

Realistically, line capacity is one train per hour each way - it takes the best part of 20 minutes along the single track section, and I don't believe that it's signalled so that one train can follow another - I understand that the first train has to pass Thingley before the next can enter at Bradford South ... but I may be wrong on that.

Re: Melksham and the GWR Line - 104/223
Written by Nick Field on Wednesday, 4th January 2006

I cant see too much logic in a London to Cardiff service via Melksham and Trowbridge.

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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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