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6.44 passagner numbers - 1399/3891
Written by Sion Bretton on Monday, 12th February 2007

I was on the 6.44 today 12/2/07 & Friday 09/02/07. on both days the figures are:

2 people got on at Melksham
1 got off at Melksham

There were 4 people on the train when it left Melksham, the other 2 got on at Chippenham. (one of these works for FGW and he got off at Trowbridge).

At Trowbrigde 3 people got off and no-one got on and so it left Trowbridge with 1 Passagener.

I understand no one gets on at Trowbridge as the next stop is Westbury.

You can see the service is not being used as much.

Re: 6.44 passagner numbers - 1399/3893
Written by WyvusArconius on Monday, 12th February 2007

Hello, I saw a similar story when I was doing my counts. Would you like a copy of the results when I email them out tomorrow. Email me at if you do.


Re: 6.44 passagner numbers - 1399/3944
Written by Sion Bretton on Thursday, 15th February 2007

6.44 on 15/2/06.

1 off at Melksham
3 on at Melksham

4 off at trowbridge (1 FGW Staff, 1 for Trowbridge, 1 going onto Bristol Temple Meads and 1 to Filton Abbey Wood)
none on at Trowbridge.

1 left on going to Warminster but would have a 50 minute wait at Westbury for connection.  :(

Re: 6.44 passagner numbers - 1399/3948
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Friday, 16th February 2007

[quote author=Sion B link=topic=1399.msg3944#msg3944 date=1171574708]
1 left on going to Warminster but would have a 50 minute wait at Westbury for connection.[/quote]

Yet ANOTHER traffic flow ruined by the new timetable!

The 06:30 from Swindon used to pick up passengers all along the way for Salisbury and beyond ... lots of people joined it at Trowbridge ...

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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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