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Market Place Bus Stop - 106/225
Written by mark-scott on Wednesday, 4th January 2006

I was waiting for a Trowbridge bus yesterday and I noticed 2 large timetables for the trains at Melksham.  A great addition however its on the wrong side of the road.  The people seeing it would be the ones who are either alighting from the Bath Service or going to Trowbridge / Devizes.  It would be better to have a new noticeboard on the other side so that those people who are waiting for the Bath bound bus will be able to see the times. 

It also looks like these timetables are advertising the Waterloo Services as there are some highlighted columns and rows. 

Graham, how about a nice set of your timetables to go in the Market Place (both sides!) when it gets redeveloped? 

Re: Market Place Bus Stop - 106/227
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 5th January 2006

Yes, the timetable at the Market Place is really on the "wrong" side of the road.  I'm told that space there is very limited indeed and that  the current train schedule that's up is all that there's room for (and there's no room at all on the other side).

In general terms, I'm very happy for anyoine who has an appropriate display board to put up copies of that timetable sheet that I produced - I can even produce them larger / smaller / laminated / single or double sided on request.

I've got a copy in the shelter at the station (thanks for permission to put it there to West Wilts Rail Users and Melksham Railway Development Group) and at the Library, and I've made sure that there are copies available at the Tourist Information.  I handed out copies to everyone leaving / joining trains on 16th December (with a request to people I knew who were joining the trains to hand them out on board too ...) and I handed them out on the "Santa Special".

Re: Market Place Bus Stop - 106/234
Written by mark-scott on Friday, 6th January 2006

Could you possibly email me a copy Graham?  I could get one put up at George Ward reception so that staff can send details out to anyone who wants them.

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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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