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Services to Bristol from Chippenham on May 30th - 2049/4896
Written by Sion Bretton on Thursday, 19th April 2007

I was checking train times for May and looked at 30th May for trains from Chippenham to Bristol TM from 6am.

It came up with the follwoing options:
6.34 via Melksham change at Trowbridge journey time 1hour 17 mins
7.46 direct train ie via Bath Journey time of 36 mins

What has happen to the 6.41 is it, not yet loaded on system or now come off the timetable?

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Re: Services to Bristol from Chippenham on May 30th - 2049/4909
Written by tramway on Friday, 20th April 2007

Seems to be a glitch with the system, unless there is something unusual happening on that day, as other days the earlier train appears. A colleague who travels on the same train has beeen reassured there will be no major changes in the May timetable for Chippenham.

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Save the Train was the campaign to bring an approriate train service back to and through Melksham.

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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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