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Chippenham to Melksham - a painful journey to become more so? - 2403/5443
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 29th May 2007

With Westbury Bypass getting th enext stage of approval the other week, has anyone through what will happen to all the extra traffic when it comes off the end of the bypass and carries on up the A350 towards Chippenham?

This is the schene this afternoon, with a queue in the MIDDLE OF THE DAY of about 20 minutes to get into Melksham.

Re: Chippenham to Melksham - a painful journey to become more so? - 2403/5456
Written by Nick Field on Wednesday, 30th May 2007

My guess is the extra traffic will simply cause futher congestion at other places along the road such as though Beanacre and around the Morrisons roundabout in Chippenham. 

Re: Chippenham to Melksham - a painful journey to become more so? - 2403/5523
Written by Lee on Monday, 4th June 2007

Transport 2000 have asked the government to "call in" the bypass scheme (link below.)

Re: Chippenham to Melksham - a painful journey to become more so? - 2403/5559
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 6th June 2007

There will be a live webchat with Dr Stephen Ladyman , Roads Minister at 1500 today (06/06/2007.) See link below.

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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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