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Saturday evening - 234 bus use - 1543/4166
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 5th March 2007
I caught the 234 bus from Chippenham railway station at 18:34 on Saturday evening. ((See elsewhere for my comments on complete lack of information - it's a "Ghost service" that's only available to the knowing few))
FOUR joined the bus at the station, added to the 8 already on. No-one got on or off further until Melksham.
This is the bus that replaces the 18:15 train as used to be, that used to be well loaded with returning shoppers and soccer fans - apart from myself, the other 3 who joined were hardy soccer fans.
I used to say that a rail replacemnet bus took around 10% of the passengers that a train would have taken. On Saturday's performance, 4 peopl onto a bus equates to 40 people on a train ... yes, about right for a damp Saturday in February on a service that's unadvertised.
Re: Saturday evening - 234 bus use - 1543/4171
Written by Sion Bretton on Monday, 5th March 2007
I have used the 234 Service from Chippenham Railway station at night in the week IE 17.35 & 22.10.
But there is no details to advise 234 runs from the Station IE timetable on the bus stop.
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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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