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Future Weekend Services - 163/394
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 21st February 2006

The Department for Transport told me that there will be 2 trains on Saturday and 2 on Sunday in the new timetable, but I have not seen any draft document showing timings.

I asked First:

4. Peter West at the Department for Transport tells me there will be two trains each way on Saturdays and Sundays. Can you tell me the times that these will run at and what proportion will in fact be rail replacement buses due to engineering?

and have received the following reply:

[i]4. We recognise that there is a significant amount of engineering work required to be undertaken by Network Rail on the routes over which we operate.

Re: Future Weekend Services - 163/396
Written by Nick Field on Tuesday, 21st February 2006

But Graham they havent actually answered your question on whether there will be any weekend services in the first place

Re: Future Weekend Services - 163/397
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 22nd February 2006

Yes ... they have only commented on one half of the question and I'm going to re-ask the other part.

To be fair, they HAVE answered three out of four of my questions. I don't like the answers, but never the less they have answered to the best of current ability rather than avoided in all the other cases

Re: Future Weekend Services - 163/441
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 9th March 2006

Draft Weekend timetable will be coming .... here's part of the answer to a late TT06 response:

However if your comments relate to the proposed weekend timetables, soon to
be available on the website, a separate acknowledgement will be forwarded
in due course.

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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.

-- Graham Ellis, (webmaster), February 2021

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