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Off to Taunton - BUT - 173/416
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 4th March 2006

I'm off to Taunton for the South West Passenger Transport meeting and I was planning to go by train ... or at least by public transport ...

BUT ...

The 09:16 and its connection at Westbury get in too late ...

The 08:01 SHOULD be change at Chippenham, except there's engineering works so the onward train isn't able to get to Taunton ...

There's a train from Bath at 08:23 BUT the First Bus from Melksham gets in there at exactly 08:23 so it won't connect ...

There's no earlier train from Westbury ...

National Express are running a free bus from Bristol at 09:15 BUT it's from the other side of the city to the station ... and there's a free bus from Swindon at 8, and from Bude ... none of which we can get to.

Sad, but it looks like a drive  ::)

Re: Off to Taunton - BUT - 173/420
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 5th March 2006

That looked like a fabulous National Express bus ... first day in passeneger carrying service, with all mod cons.  The shape of bus travel to come?  Alas, there was no prospect / way to get to Bristol bus station in time to catch it - but perhaps next time.

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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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