Save the Melksham Train
Archived Save the Train forum articles - 2005 to 2010. See below
Redistribute the crowds - use capacity on the TransWilts? - 1891/4694
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 8th April 2007

Why am I starting a thread in "Future" of the TransWilts line with a picture of a very overcrowded Trowbridge to Bath and Bristol service?

Because one of the ways of relieving overcrowding between Trowbridge and Bath would be to provide an appropriately timed service between Trowbridge and Chippenham / Swindon.

Re: Redistribute the crowds - use capacity on the TransWilts? - 1891/4987
Written by WyvusArconius on Wednesday, 25th April 2007

This is a stretch I travel often, having to go to Bath to change for Chippenham. That picture is not a one off. It is a regular occurance. I have spoken with many other passengers whilst travelling Portsmouth - Bath - Chippenham. They all agree 2 carriages is not enough for a major service such as that. Changing at Westbury to go via Melksham is a route I took often until the timetable changed. Its quicker, and a quieter service because the load was spread out at Westbury, rather than pilling more people in at Westbury and Trowbridge.


Re: Redistribute the crowds - use capacity on the TransWilts? - 1891/4993
Written by courgettelawn on Wednesday, 25th April 2007

It would also mean that some pressure could be relieved earlier at Salisbury for those wanting to travel to north Wilts and Swindon.  It all makes so much sense...

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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.

-- Graham Ellis, (webmaster), February 2021

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