Save the Melksham Train
Archived Save the Train forum articles - 2005 to 2010. See below
Fare Strike - 1146/3276
Written by tonya on Saturday, 20th January 2007

I have it on good authority form a several FGW ticket staff that they have been instructed that revenue colection will be suspensded on Monday morning, certainly between Frome Bath and Bristol, not sure wheteher this extends up to London. So all mecahnical barriers will be left open for the morning.
So please spread the word, support the fare strike, pick up a fare strike ticket at Bath OldfiELD park and KEYNSHAM ON mONDAY MORNING BEWTEEN 7:20 AND 8:30.
More train less strain is now planning its next move which will inclyde a mix of further publicty events and seeeking  ammeting with FGW and First's Directors, and the Minsister for Rail.
What we will be pushing for is a renegotiation of the franchise, to permit FGW to run a proper service and that includes the route through Melksham and Severn Beach Liine.

Re: Fare Strike - 1146/3277
Written by Lee on Saturday, 20th January 2007

[quote author=tonya link=topic=1146.msg3276#msg3276 date=1169305680]What we will be pushing for is a renegotiation of the franchise, to permit FGW to run a proper service and that includes the route through Melksham and Severn Beach Liine.[/quote]

Hear , hear!

Re: Fare Strike - 1146/3278
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 20th January 2007

Thanks for clarifying what you've hear concerning Monday morning / fare collection, Tony.  We remain very much in support of the same objectives - just as you're pushing for all service including the Swindon to Westbury, we're pushing for all services including the Frome to Bristol.  And meetings to push the point with First's upper management, the DfT and other key player will be a huge help.

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.

-- Graham Ellis, (webmaster), February 2021

This site is hosted by Well House Consultants Ltd. (
Contact Information

Further Information:
 Current Summary
 Daily update
 User forum
 Service now
 Service future
 Future Analysis
 Recent Statistics
 Recent letters
 Letter to DfT
 Save the train
 Support us
 Other Maps
 Station facilities
 Station approach
 Trains diverted
 About Melksham
 Site Map
 About this site