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Possible development - Wilts County Council could save the train. - 116/259
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 14th January 2006

It seems that the service specified of 2 trains per day cannot be changed by the First group unilaterally (that's what they tell me ..) but they are presently approaching the county councils in their area seeking for them to "buy back" services.

Wiltshire County Council already worked with Wales and West trains on a deal that brought us the current five trains per day, and their local transport plan 2006 to 2012 states [b]"The service between Westbury and Swindon ...

Re: Possible development - Wilts County Council could save the train. - 116/270
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 17th January 2006


That's what I see written on other forums to move a thread that's fallen one or two down the list back up to the top. Frankly, I don't approve of the use of the technique too often but in the event of an important thread I'll sometimes do it myself.

[color=Purple]This one's important[/color] ... at the current time, KEEP WRITING to people as the door isn't yet shut and there's a whole lot of brinkmanship going on.

Re: Possible development - Wilts County Council could save the train. - 116/289
Written by Nick Field on Thursday, 19th January 2006


As mentioned in the other thread I have written to Lesley Coleman and Peter West.  I have also written to G Batten at Wilts County Council and My county councillor as well.  I wrote to my MP (North Wilts in my case) before Christmas.


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Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 19th January 2006

Fabulous, Nick.  Great time to have written and a great example to others.  I'm planning a very occasional news update email for everyone who's signed up ... I've held fire until I heard back on the Stakeholder meeting to ensure that people got full news and (to the best of my current knowledge) up to date names of decision makers, influencers, and key factors in the decision.

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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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