Save the Melksham Train
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Travel Watch South West Meeting, Taunton, 3rd March 2007 - 1529/4134
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 1st March 2007

This is a meeting of the various public transport user and campaign groups ... one representative each from the likes of MRDG (Melksham Rail Development Group), WWRUG (West Wilts Rail User Group) and so on.  Interesting meetings twice a year ... Alison Forster was to speak on Saturday, but she has been replaced (in that role) by Glenda Lamont.

I'll be along there ... and hoping to make some last minute contact with other groups who I hope can come along on Monday; TWSW is a useful information source / talking shop - I wouldn't want to be without them, but they're very much in addition to us doing our own thing for the TransWilts.

Re: Travel Watch South West Meeting, Taunton, 3rd March 2007 - 1529/4155
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 3rd March 2007

Just back from meeting .... report to follow in the morning!

link to index of articles

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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