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What's the alternative to the withdrawn trains? - 159/377
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Friday, 17th February 2006
I asked First
[i]At present, many visitors to our business arrive in Melksham on the 09:12 train, which has a connection off the 07:45 from Paddington.
Re: What's the alternative to the withdrawn trains? - 159/379
Written by Sion Bretton on Friday, 17th February 2006
I understand from a bus drive there are time table changes on first bus on 1/4/06. what day does first take over the Trains! ;D
Re: What's the alternative to the withdrawn trains? - 159/380
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 18th February 2006
Whatever the train service outcome, it WOULD be sensible integrated transport for the 234 bus in Chippenham to routinely serve the railway station.
It would also be more than sensible for the X71, X72 and 234 buses in Melksham to call at the station - at least the service that runs before and after each of the 10 (cuurent) or 4 (proposed) trains calls.
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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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