Save the Melksham Train
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Seaside Special? No! Alternatives - ideas, anyone? - 1889/4692
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 8th April 2007

I want - I REALLY want - to support the local train service and encourage traffic on the Swindon - Westbury line, to publicise it, to make people aware and try it out.

Re: Seaside Special? No! Alternatives - ideas, anyone? - 1889/4725
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 10th April 2007

Why not tie - in with FOSBR?

Both Melksham & Severn Beach stations only have a "viable day out" service on Saturdays so how about....

From May 2007 :


0922 Melksham - Chippenham arrive 0932.
0941 Chippenham - Bristol Temple Meads arrive 1010.
1108 Bristol Temple Meads - Severn Beach arrive 1145.


1922 Severn Beach - Bristol Temple Meads arrive 2000.
2033 Bristol Temple Meads - Chippenham arrive 2057.
2109 Chippenham - Melksham arrive 2118.

2 adults & 2 children cost

Re: Seaside Special? No! Alternatives - ideas, anyone? - 1889/4726
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 10th April 2007

If you get up early , you can even do it the other way round.


0722 Severn Beach - Bristol Temple Meads arrive 0800.
0822 Bristol Temple Meads - Trowbridge arrive 0850.
0913 Trowbridge - Melksham arrive 0922.


1545 Melksham - Trowbridge arrive 1555.
1617 Trowbridge - Bristol Temple Meads arrive 1651.
1708 Bristol Temple Meads - Severn Beach arrive 1745.

Places of interest in Melksham.

Re: Seaside Special? No! Alternatives - ideas, anyone? - 1889/4733
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 10th April 2007

Are breaks of journey allowed at Bath or TM?  Then it might be tempting, but I think that 8 hours in Severn Beach would be a little long apart for people who have Mums / Dads / Cousins there.  Or one - more seriously - could look at Bristol Zoo though of course that's not the seaside.

Re: Seaside Special? No! Alternatives - ideas, anyone? - 1889/4742
Written by Nick Field on Wednesday, 11th April 2007

Sound like a good idea to tie in two local lines.  I have not been to Severn Beach before but is there enough there to keep people occupied for several hours, especially those with Children. 
What about Weston Super Mud, Minehead, Exmouth or Torquay / Paignton or somewhere in South Wales?
I have not looked into times but would be happy to do so if anyone thinks any of these are good ideas

Re: Seaside Special? No! Alternatives - ideas, anyone? - 1889/4805
Written by Graz on Saturday, 14th April 2007

Unless I'm mistaken Cheap Day Returns allow for as many breaks of journey as you like, so Bath and Bristol would be good to stop off at. Stop off at Oldfield Park too, as Royal Victoria Park play area and pond is a stone's throw from there, or, walk from Bath centre back through the park and re-catch the train at Oldfield Park!

What I enjoyed doing on my trip to Severn Beach was stopping off at Clifton Down (or Redland if you prefer a quieter walk) on the way back and walking back to Bristol centre, which is mostly downhill. A nice walk that's not too long.

Severn Beach isn't the most enthralling of places as there are very few shops and parks (Just a little family run cafe) and the beach isn't particularly great for doing much on, but the views are spectacular, and there are plenty of walks around, like up and down the promenade. The journey is also extremely enjoyable and it's well worth going just for that.

Re: Seaside Special? No! Alternatives - ideas, anyone? - 1889/5035
Written by Lee on Monday, 30th April 2007

There is an ideal opportunity to try out my suggestion on May 19 2007. From FOSBR :


Who? Everyone on FOSBR Yahoo list, Transport for Greater Bristol Alliance email list, Bristol Environment list, ASLEF / RMT email list, Bristol Cycling Campaign and FOSBR supporters who can be contacted by word of mouth.

Why? To celebrate the Half Hour Train Campaign (devised, directed and delivered by Cat with help from 561 people who sent yellow post cards to Bristol City Council budget consultation) and to wish her luck with her job at Transport 2000 in London.

And to meet and greet Severn Beach commuters such as Matt Wilson, local resident crippled by monitoring the non arrival of the Beach train and exhausted by finding alternative travel arrangements for sel and aforesaid commuters.


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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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