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"Super 16" Proposal For Melksham Line Passing Loop - 2517/5601
Written by Lee on Saturday, 9th June 2007

The "Super 16" document contains the schemes that have been identified by the Rail Freight Operators

Re: "Super 16" Proposal For Melksham Line Passing Loop - 2517/5602
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 9th June 2007

I wonder what the relative cose of a long loop v a short loop would be, and whether a loop somewhere need the centre of the 20 minute block woul dbe best suited, or one near the end(s) to act as a refuge as trains wait to go on and off the busier sections at the two ends.

2 way operation of loop and main line to allow a passenger train to overtake a freight?

Re: "Super 16" Proposal For Melksham Line Passing Loop - 2517/5603
Written by Lee on Saturday, 9th June 2007

One possibilty would be to convert part of the disused Thingley Junction sidings at the Chippenham end (link below.)

The following gives a photographic view of the area.

More photos :

A sign of things to come....

Diverted Garston - Southampton Freightliner service.

Diverted Leeds - Southampton Freightliner service.

Diverted Southampton - Lawley Street Freightliner service.

Freightliner service from same route near Melksham.

And a Westbury - Swindon passenger service to round things off.

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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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