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Commuter train times - 164/398
Written by Nick Field on Wednesday, 22nd February 2006

If it is to be just two trains per day, these would be my suggested timiings into Swindon in the morning and out in the evening:

Westbury 0744
Trowbridge 0750
Melksham 0759
Chippenham 0809
Swindon 0825

Swindon 1735
Chippenham 1752
Melksham 1802
Trowbridge 1811
Westbury 1818.

As for the second train, I am not sure - there could be a number of options, one being back from Swindon at around 0840 to arrive in Westbury at around 0920 in the morning and the other could be from Westbury at around 1640 to arrive in Swindon at around 1720.

Re: Commuter train times - 164/399
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 23rd February 2006

Nick, I'm with you on both of those timings (the 08:40 off Swindon and 16:40 off Westbury would allow me to continue to use the train!).  There's a slight discussion if the evening train from Swindon could be a few minutes later but not as late as the 18:12 proposed ...

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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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