Save the Melksham Train
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Written by Michelle Last on Monday, 15th January 2007


Well it all got even worse the day the Winter timetable came into force. My daily trip from Bradford-on-Avon to Bristol Parkway is now little short of a nightmare. A similar service is still running from Westbury through Cheltenham but for some reason, FGWT decided that overnight, there was no longer a need or demand for passengers to alight at Bristol Parkway. Instead, they thought it could stop at Patchway as a compromise. About as much use as a chocolate teapot for me - working next to Parkway station.

I duly forwarded my token grumble to them but to no avail of course. Clearly it there is not enough demand for this route so that's just tough luck for me.

Along with all of the other issues that everyone else has highlighted - this became one too many. I have now sadly resorted to the car most days.

So much for my efforts to reduce my own personal carbon footprint on the planet!

I would be very interested to hear if there is a demand for a direct service from anyone else to Parkway from BOA or around and abouts. Maybe if there was enough demand we could get it reinstated?!

Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 15th January 2007

Oops - I split out your previous post into a separate thread befor I saw this one, Michelle.  Perhaps I have muddied up the question when I was trying to help.

Anyone .... problems from B-o-A or West Wllts to Parkway in particular / related issues with Patchway and Filton Abbey Wood. 

Question - is there a capacity issue at Parkway retaling to the time it takes to reverse trains there while blocking the main lines?

Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 15th January 2007

OK ... completing the correction of my aobfurscation.

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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