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It MUST be just two trains a day ... - 115/255
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 12th January 2006

To quote a letter received from First this morning:

"We have to run just two trains each day. On Mondays to Fridays one must arrive in Swindon during the morning peak and return in the evening peak. We can run the other trains at any time, but we cannot run any more than two each way."

That doesn't seem to line up with what I've been told in other correspondence from First, but if it proves to be accurate ....

Re: It MUST be just two trains a day ... - 115/256
Written by Nick Field on Friday, 13th January 2006

This is bad news.

Re: It MUST be just two trains a day ... - 115/257
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Friday, 13th January 2006

I'm taking a deep breath / avoiding a kneejerk reaction and thinking it through. You will notice that I've changed the main picture at the top of the home page to a picture of a train at Melksham "tearing" across to a disused trackbed.

I'm attending the Melksham Railway Development Group meering tonight; I'm specifically NOT a member so that I can talk here (and elsewhere) out of turn and without consulting if I wish, but in fact they do a lot of good background work and very much share my aims - so I'll see what comes from that.

Re: It MUST be just two trains a day ... - 115/260
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 14th January 2006

See also "Possible Development" thread ... it appears that the County Council may be a body that can help as they have done in the past with this service.

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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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