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Melksham and Trowbridge bus at Chippenham - 2680/5853
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 24th June 2007

Incredibly, nearly a year after the service was started, there are no signs at all at Chipenham station to tell you that - [color=Navy]at certain times of day ONLY[/color] - the 234 bus to Melksham and Trowbridge calls there.

Re: Melksham and Trowbridge bus at Chippenham - 2680/5872
Written by Sion Bretton on Monday, 25th June 2007

I have written to:
Jenny MacLeod
Area Operations Director

Re: Melksham and Trowbridge bus at Chippenham - 2680/6050
Written by Sion Bretton on Monday, 2nd July 2007

here is my reply:

Dear Mr Bretton
Re: Timetable Information, Service 234
Thank you for your letter regarding the current availability of timetable information for the Number 234 service at Chippenham Railway Station.
I am very sorry if this has caused any inconvenience for you, and assure you that full timetable information is available in advance from Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 or at I can assure you that I have passed your concerns on to our Bus Stop Liaison Officer, who has advised us that the timetable information at this stop is provided jointly between Wiltshire County Council and the Railway Station, not by us here at First Buses.
Our officer will pursue this matter with these authorities to ensure that they are made aware of the situation, so it can be addressed. You may wish to contact Wiltshire County Council direct if you have any further concerns regarding the facilities at this stop.
I hope you will feel reassured by our efforts and trust that you will observe an improvement in the facilities and information provided at this stop in the near future.
Should you have any further comments or queries regarding any aspect of our operation, please do not hesitate to contact me again and I shall do my best to be of assistance to you.

Yours Sincerely

Jill Reeves Customer Services

First Somerset and Avon Limited
Registered in England number 25C88
Mitglied Oldmixon Crescent, Weston-super-Mare, BS24 9AY

Re: Melksham and Trowbridge bus at Chippenham - 2680/6059
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 3rd July 2007

Rough translation :

"Its not strictly speaking our problem , and we hope you will feel reassured that we dont give a monkeys."

Re: Melksham and Trowbridge bus at Chippenham - 2680/6069
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 3rd July 2007

... information is available in advance from Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 or at ...

So I'm standing at Chippenham Station at 19:30 off a late running service from London, and I know I've just missed a bus.

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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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