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Network Rail Business Plan 2007 & Melksham - 1865/4667
Written by Lee on Thursday, 5th April 2007

The Network Rail Business Plan 2007 can be found in the link below.

Here is the section relevant to Melksham , followed by some quotes.

"The Wessex route provides a long distance link between the West of England and London Waterloo, accommodating regular passenger services as well as offering significant diversionary capability for the Great Western Main Line (GWML). In addition the route also includes cross-country links between the South Coast and Wiltshire/Somerset which are invaluable to freight services as well as passenger services."

"The Wessex routes carry a variety of traffic, with all passenger services being provided by diesel multiple units. The routes are a mixture of double track stretches of line and single track sections with passing loops. Freight services on the route mainly run to and from the West Country carrying aggregates traffic, the Eastleigh and Southampton traffic as a diversionary route and MoD traffic, all of which is hauled by diesel locomotives."

"The capacity utilisation for the lines that cross the main West of England line is affected by the larger towns and cities that they pass through which are off the route, such as Southampton and Bristol. The service planning is also influenced by the long duration of the journeys, and this combined with the interaction with the other relevant routes makes it difficult to achieve higher levels of capacity utilisation."

"A range of measures has been identified to make effective and efficient use of railway capacity and to develop additional capacity. They are based on a number of key gaps between what the route is capable of delivering and those outputs that are desired to accommodate the predicted growth in demand. These measures have been selected on the basis of their value for money and potential affordability across the ten-year period of the RUS.

These are summarised below and, in some cases, explained in more detail in subsequent sections.

Measures to improve the effective use of capacity:

Re: Network Rail Business Plan 2007 & Melksham - 1865/4668
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 5th April 2007

Further analysis to follow after Easter. Have a good one

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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