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Improvments to bus services (wiltshire) - 2148/5045
Written by Nick Field on Monday, 30th April 2007

Here is some news on improved bus services in Wiltshire:

Note the following:

"Ian White, Wiltshire County Council public transport manager, said: "We have been working hard to improve and promote our services in partnership with bus operators."

Have they being doing the same with rail operators?

Re: Improvments to bus services (wiltshire) - 2148/5148
Written by James on Wednesday, 9th May 2007

Dunno about improvements, the 237 has lost some journeys, there is now no First Bus journeys to Swindon, or Devizes from Trowbridge (fine, Devizes on the 234,X72 but thats a nightmare!)

Re: Improvments to bus services (wiltshire) - 2148/5152
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 9th May 2007

I for one am all in favour of appropriate change .... but also very careful not to suggest service / travel opportunity losses as a result except in areas where I have a very strong knowledge indeed.  And I acknowledge that the county council in their publicity will, just like the train operators, concentrate on the positive.

I personally see no harm in the bus services to Swindon being totally out of the hands of First - at least on the leg on from Devizes. There may, though, be through ticketing issues?    What is horrific is that it takes 95 minues by bus from Melksham to Swindon (change in Deveizes, a good connrction) but just 25 minutes by train. 

The only two opportunities for the latter are at 07:17 and 19:50 each day - times that look as if they were calculated without the  needs of the Melksham to Swindon traveller being taken into account.  07:50 and 17:12 would be MUCH more useful, and would still conform to the government's specification.

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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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