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Support for Melksham - 261/691
Written by mthomson on Tuesday, 20th June 2006

:)  I am the Webmaster for the Ivybridge Rail User's Group and I wish to add my full support for the campaign at Melksham. We at Ivybridge Rail User's Group had been affected by the savage cuts in services announced by FGW in February. However after a strong and vigorous campaign supported by our Town Council and MP (Gary Streeter) we have managed to get some of the planned cuts reversed. We have had an extra eight services added to the original six planned. This means that we will only lose  :(  6 of the present services we have (we also have six SWT services at present). We may still have some battles to fight but we believe we have got a reasonable deal.

Re: Support for Melksham - 261/695
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 22nd June 2006

Malcolm, MANY thanks for your support.

link to index of articles

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.

-- Graham Ellis, (webmaster), February 2021

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