|Archived Save the Train forum articles - 2005 to 2010. See below
Mark Scott - 24/26
Written by mark-scott on Saturday, 24th September 2005
Hi, I'm mark and I am 25 years old. I live and work in Melksham and use public transport as I cannot drive yet. I find the station at Melksham easier to get to than Bath or Chippenham and try and start my train journeys from Melksham as much as possible.
Instead of cutting the service, the holder of the Greater Western franchise should build it up to a more regular service and in time upgrade the station at Melksham and run 2 lines as was originally the case.
Re: Mark Scott - 24/29
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 24th September 2005
In total agreement with you concerning a REGULAR service ... we [wide variety of parties] got together at an open meeting last Tuesday and agreed that the service should not be cut; very much in favour of a reliable, regular service with good connections.
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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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