Save the Melksham Train
Archived Save the Train forum articles - 2005 to 2010. See below
Andrew Murrison, MP, writes - 130/310
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 29th January 2006

[b]"The big issue for me is the future or our direct service to London Waterloo.

Re: Andrew Murrison, MP, writes - 130/333
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 4th February 2006

I'm meeting Andrew at the end of next week ... here's hoping I can provide him with some further background, and he can help us further with the TransWilts service that calls at 4 of "his" stations.

Re: Andrew Murrison, MP, writes - 130/354
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 11th February 2006

Details of meeting

Re: Andrew Murrison, MP, writes - 130/478
Written by Sion Bretton on Wednesday, 29th March 2006

I am still waiting or my reply to my letter.    :(

Re: Andrew Murrison, MP, writes - 130/479
Written by Nick Field on Thursday, 30th March 2006

I spoke to and wrote to my MP (James Gray) and he spoke to Alison Forster in person on my behalf, but hasnt done much more than that.  Pity we cant get James Gray, Michael Ancram, Andrew Murrison and Robert Key in the same room!!

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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.

-- Graham Ellis, (webmaster), February 2021

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