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Weymouth special this summer? - 2527/5618
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 9th June 2007
[Part of my complete update ... reposted here for comment]
7. A suggestion that we run a seaside special this summer from Swindon / Chippenham / Melksham to Weymouth - perhaps by extending the first Sunday train from Westbury - has been declared a non-starter by First who have no capacity for specials, even at the weekend. We are currently investingating whether we can arrange a coach for a part yo join that train at Westbury, leaving from melksham station and returning to there by train at the end of the day.
Re: Weymouth special this summer? - 2527/5754
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 19th June 2007
Looking promising for this trip, on 5th August. All legs sourced in principle and we're just checking up on pricing and connection guarantees on the return at Westbury - don't want to risk a party of 53 stuck there for 2 hours on Sunday evening if FGW do what they did last Sunday which was to chuck everyone off the Swindon train early, sending passengers for Chippenham and Swindon via Bath and missing out Melksham completely!
Re: Weymouth special this summer - 2527/6281
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 14th July 2007
14.50 per adult, 5.00 per child. Leaves Melksham Station at 08:15, return 19:50. Nearly 8 hours in Weymouth.
Include coach from Melksham to Westbury, train from Westbury to Weymouth and train all the way back to Melksham. Information sheet on Weymouth to be given out on the journey down, and soft drinks on the way back. There is FREE PARKING at Melksham Station. Many thanks to First Great Western for helping us to organise this.
BOOKINGS - please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit Graham at 48 Spa Road Melksham ("Well House Manor"), or come along and see us at Party in the Park. Any cheques payable to "Melksham Railway Development Group";.
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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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