Save the Melksham Train
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Some popular journeys - 124/295
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 22nd January 2006

From Melksham to Swindon to watch Swindon Town play.
From Chippenham to Salisbury (I think that's another soccer run)
From Frome to Swindon for work
From Swindon to Salisbury
From London to Melksham to attend a Well House Consultants course
From Trowbridge to Chippenham to go to the county archive office (a future journey!)
From Melksham to Bristol

It's not JUST the Swindon commuter traffic!

Re: Some popular journeys - 124/303
Written by Nick Field on Wednesday, 25th January 2006


I was thinking how many people currently make the non Melksham journeys below but end up travelling via Bath instead of via Melksham due to the current infrequent level of service?  I know you have been pretty good at collating ticket sales data from Melksham, is it possible to find out how many ticket sales there are for some of the other journeys to show how much potential use there would be on the line if the frequency was every two hours as suggested?  I wouldnt mind looking into it but wouldnt have a clue where to start looking.


Re: Some popular journeys - 124/306
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 26th January 2006

Tricky one, as the ticket sales figure sources to my knowledge are only kept centrally as "sales from" and "sales to".

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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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