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Selling off the familiy jewels - 268/715
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 27th June 2006

I understand that the BR residual body, which owns some of the land at Melksham station, has instructed Lambert Smith Hampton to sell off [color=Brown]The section of land that's reserved in the local transport plan for a relocated Melksham Station[/color] and which provides in the Spencer Gate development for [color=Brown]better access to the current station from the new housing[/color].

Once this land is sold off, any hope of impoved access to the existing station via the new estate ... in which Bloor's are providing a stub to start the connection ... will be lost. Let alone a new station in the future.

Re: Selling off the familiy jewels - 268/1072
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 29th July 2006

West Wilts District Council have assured Melksham Town Council that even if sold on 31st October, the land that's set aside in the district plan for the new station and approach will REMAIN set aside for the new station and approach.  In other words, it will not be easy (to put it mildly!) for anyone who puchase it to do anything at all with it ...

Re: Selling off the familiy jewels - 268/1077
Written by Lee on Saturday, 29th July 2006

Excellent news

Re: Selling off the familiy jewels - 268/1083
Written by Nick Field on Saturday, 29th July 2006

Thats very good news, it will be interesting to hear what happens on the 31st October

Re: Selling off the familiy jewels - 268/1455
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 16th September 2006

[color=Purple]I understand that the land at Melksham Station has been withdrawn from the auction[/color] as a result of inputs to the property review panel of the BRB. This is after some very strong inputs and site visits.

Also worthy of note ...

* The length of roadway to be built new to join Spencer's Gate to the current road at the lane end beyond the station entrance is just a few yards
* "Relocating" Melksham station wouldn't be a relocation in the true sense - just extending the platform to take 4 coaches rather that 2 and shifting the entrance to the other end would do it ... and that's not expensive compared with a brand new site.

I think we 'locals' have been saying this for a while - now that some people with roles that lets them take

Re: Selling off the familiy jewels - 268/5773
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 20th June 2007

With all the recent talk of Melksham station improvements (click on I thought that now would be a good time to give you an update on Spencers Gate (click on

As you enter Spencers Gate , you come to a roundabout. The road straight on is the stub to provide the connection to the length of roadway to be built to join Spencer's Gate to the current road at the lane end beyond the station entrance. This is currently fenced off at the end of the stub.

On the fence is a sign that tells you that Jephson Housing Association Group (click on in association with West Wiltshire District Council , are delivering 41 affordable new homes for shared ownership or rent , with funding from the Office Of The Deputy Prime Minister. These either have been , or are being built by Bloor Homes.

You will find the Jephson homes to the right of the roundabout , some complete , and some "coming up from the ground." In addition to this , Jephson are negotiating to acquire some of the Bloor Homes to the left of the roundabout.

I would like to ask a favour as , much as I might like to , I cant be in Melksham all the time. Could a Save The Train supporter please visit the Spencers Gate site once a week , and make sure that no activity has started directly behind the fence that the stub leads to.

After all , we dont want anyone to "accidentally" build on the land set aside for Melksham station relocation , do we?

For an overview of the land adjacent to the existing station , click on the link below.

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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.

-- Graham Ellis, (webmaster), February 2021

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