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New Service For Those In Melksham Without Transport (Not Us!) - 2785/6002
Written by Lee on Saturday, 30th June 2007

Local weatherman Richard Angwin is in Melksham this morning to celebrate the arrival of a new minibus for people without transport (link below.)

The minibus which features special low floor easy access will be welcome relief for local residents with limited mobility who struggle to get around.

Funding for the vehicle has been secured by the Melksham 1st Community Bus Group while further funding support was also provided by West Wiltshire District Council and three local parish councils.

Re: New Service For Those In Melksham Without Transport (Not Us!) - 2785/6011
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 1st July 2007

This is excellent for people of limited mobility who need to get around in the local area.

Melksham Station is friendly to people with limited mobility too, and would encourage the development of connections there from this service.

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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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