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New (national) statistics - 1863/4663
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 5th April 2007

Interesting statistics for last year - national but have some implications for our service, so I'm posting them here.

The time that people START their journeys

The middle of the morning peak is around 07:45 to 08:00; in the evening there's a very high peak at about half past five.

Conclusion: Our morning train is now much too early, and our evening train is much, much too late (nice to see the data confirms what we knew).

By origin and destination region

Note that the majority of journeys that start in the South West also end int he South West. Only 16 are to / from London so why are the South West to London services given such a priority (could it be because they're high pence-per-mile routes?)

Ticket Types used

Only Apex and some of (most of?) the other ticket types listed are advanced purchase.

Re: New (national) statistics - 1863/4664
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 5th April 2007

Source -

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

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