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A quiz on Wiltshire stations with a serious point - 2252/5209
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 13th May 2007

Stations in the area of direct influence / control of Wiltshire County Council (so Swindon NOT included):

Dilton Marsh

Four questions:

a) Which of these stations has the largest popution living within 10km of the station?

b) Which of these stations is the only one with close access off the A350, making it suitable for upgrading to a park and ride?

c) Which of these stations showed the highest growth in percentage terms from 1996 to 2006, based on the county's passenger counts?

Re: A quiz on Wiltshire stations with a serious point - 2252/5228
Written by Lee on Monday, 14th May 2007

[quote author=Graham Ellis link=topic=2252.msg5209#msg5209 date=1179035220][b]The serious point - attention should be priroitised on those stations which show heavy growth, have good access, and have

Re: A quiz on Wiltshire stations with a serious point - 2252/5230
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 14th May 2007

I suspect we're coming at the same thing from different angles; each will have an individual set of options / solutions.  My statement may look confusing because I know the answer and (!) the answer to all 4 questions is the same station.

Re: A quiz on Wiltshire stations with a serious point - 2252/5231
Written by Lee on Monday, 14th May 2007

To be fair I did rather suspect that this might be the case ;D

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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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