Save the Melksham Train
Archived Save the Train forum articles - 2005 to 2010. See below
Times article on overcrowding 26/03/2007 - 1748/4497
Written by Ruthg on Monday, 26th March 2007


and on the BBC


Re: Times article on overcrowding 26/03/2007 - 1748/4502
Written by tramway on Monday, 26th March 2007

Again total spin and dare I say c**p from a DfT spokesman in the BBC report. 1000 extra carriages are NOT going to help this overcrowding in the regions, and which has been well publicised elsewhere, and will only marginally benefit commuters in the South East.

Until we can get Alexander to admit the treasury has forced the DfT to implement draconian cuts on the network are we going to get anywhere.

The evidence is becoming increasingly apparent that the DfT have totally ignored all Central and Local Government reports in the South West regarding the importance of the inter-regional network that this point should be the major argument if we are going to get anything done at all.

If a Government White Paper on the future of rail which praised a regional rail transport report, and which has also influenced the SW regional assembly can be dismissed by a few suits in London then where is the hope.

Re: Times article on overcrowding 26/03/2007 - 1748/4503
Written by Lee on Monday, 26th March 2007

MTLS forum post on "1000 extra carriages" (link below.)

link to index of articles

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

This site is hosted by Well House Consultants Ltd. (
Contact Information

Further Information:
 Current Summary
 Daily update
 User forum
 Service now
 Service future
 Future Analysis
 Recent Statistics
 Recent letters
 Letter to DfT
 Save the train
 Support us
 Other Maps
 Station facilities
 Station approach
 Trains diverted
 About Melksham
 Site Map
 About this site