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Connections - draft timetable from December - 152/365
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 14th February 2006

Draft timetable for Swindon - Melksham - Westbury - * here *

Here are most of the common connections:

Connections into and out of 06:20 Swindon to Westbury

arr 06:16 from Gloucester (05:30)
** Swindon dep 06.20

arr 06:30 from Bristol (06:05) and Bath (06:17)
** Chippenham dep 06:36

** Melksham at 06:46

** Trowbridge arr 06:55
dep 07:03 for Bath (07:28), Bristol (07:45), Filton (08:01), Newport (08:25), Cardiff(08:39), Rhoose (09:14)

** Westbury arr 07:02
dep 07:03 for London (arr 08:29)
dep 07:06 for Salisbury (07:41), Southampton (08:15)
dep 07:47 for Frome (07:56), Yeovil (08:26), Dorchester (09:01), Weymouth (09:13)
dep 07:56 for London (09:20)
dep 10:17 for Taunton (10:56), Exeter (11:26), Plymouth (12:32) (Newquay at 14:18 in summer)

Connections into and out of 18:12 Swindon to Westbury

arr 17:55 from London (17:00 departure)
arr 18:09 from Cheltenham Spa (17:08), Gloucester (17:21)
** Swindon dep 18:12

arr 17:58 from Weston-super-Mare (17:02), Bristol (17:33) and Bath (17:45)
** Chippenham dep 18:28

** Melksham at 18:38

** Trowbridge arr 18:47
dep 19:13 for Bath (19:37), Bristol (19:50), Filton (20:01), Newport (20:25), Cardiff (20:39), Rhoose (21:14)

** Westbury arr 18:53
dep 18:54 for Frome (19:05)
dep 18:57 for Taunton (19:37), Exeter (20:07), Torquay (20:45), Paington(20:55)
dep 18:59 for Salisbury (19:29), Southampton (20:00), Portsmouth (20:45)
dep 19:11 for London (arr 20:51)
dep 19:44 for Frome (19:58), Yeovil (20:28), Dorchester (21:23), Weymouth (21:36)

Connections into and out of 07:22 Westbury to Swindon

arr 06:31 from Salisbury (06:03)
arr 07:13 from Weymouth (05:46), Dorchester (05:59), Yeovil (06:33), Frome (07:04)
** Westbury dep 07:22

arr 06:50 from Bristol (06:10) and Bath (06:28)
** Trowbridge dep 07:28

** Melksham at 07:37

** Chippenham arr 07:46
dep 08:15 for Bath (08:30) and Bristol (08:45)

** Swindon arr 08:03
dep 08:07 for Gloucester (08:53) and Cheltenham (09:05)
dep 08:15 for London (arr 09:15)

Connections into and out of the 19:13 Westbury to Swindon

arr 16:01 from Paington (14:15), Torquay (14:21), Exeter (15:01) Taunton (15:25)
arr 17:22 from Weymouth (15:49), Dorchester (16:02), Yeovil (16:40), Frome (17:13)
arr 18:57 from London (17:33)
arr 19:06 from Portsmouth (17:24), Southampton (18:09), Salisbury (18:40)
** Westbury dep 19:13

arr 18:50 from Rhoose (16:50), Cardiff (17:30), Newport (17:44), Filton (18:09), Bristol (18:22) and Bath (18:35)
** Trowbridge dep 19:19

Melksham at 19:28

** Chippenham arr 19:38
dep 19:46 for Bath (20:00) and Bristol (20:15)

** Swindon arr 19:55
dep 20:02 for Gloucester (20:48) and Cheltenham Spa (21:04)
dep 20:14 for London (arr 21:15)

Times shown with "**" in front are the times of thw train between Swindon and Westbury. Other times shown are for connecting train arrivals / departures at each station. Time in brackets refer to departures or arrivals from the other stations named.

Note that a time shown doesn't guarantee a connection and these are draft timetables.  I'm concerned at the 1 minute connection off the evening train at Westbury on to Frome, and the 1 minute connection at Westbury to London off the morning train; I think that there might be a platform shortange and the train from Swindon may in fact be run a few minutes later and arrive at the platform that's just been vacated.

I also notice that there are 2 trains 10 minutes apart in the evening from Swindon to Gloucester and I question whether the train shown above connecting off the 19:13 from Westbury will run.  The First of the two trains leaves Swindon just BEFORE the train from Westbury arrives, so does not provide a connection.

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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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