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Patron Count - Results - 1377/3850
Written by WyvusArconius on Friday, 9th February 2007

I have now nearly finished my report on the 8 journeys that I counted on over the last 2 weeks. Over 250 people used the service over the 8 jouneys. Melksham was overall the least used station - this may not come as a surprise. HOWEVER - the difference in usage between Melksham, Chippenham and Trowbridge overall is only a few percent. Westbury (unsurprisingly) had the most passenger use. The full report (complete with graphs and journey notation) should be ready by next week. I will in the first instance circulate it to those who have requested a copy. Anybody else who would like a copy can email me or message me on here, and I will forward it to you.


Re: Patron Count - Results - 1377/3851
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Friday, 9th February 2007

Thanks Daniel, would love to see that.  I'm not going to suggest / ask for any conclusions until I see the whole thing - but  there are some things I'm wondering ...


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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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