Save the Melksham Train
Archived Save the Train forum articles - 2005 to 2010. See below
Roger Watkins - 27/33
Written by rogerw on Tuesday, 27th September 2005

Hi, my name is Roger Watkins, I live about 7 miles out of Warminster, so need a car or the bus (which stops about 17:30) to get to a station. I have a background in mechanical, electrical and electronic engiineering and maintenance, and have been interested in railways all my life. I was a regular volunteer at the East Somerset Railway for many years in the 70's and 80's. I now use the railway for leisure and shopping trips a few times a month, and find the Melksham service useful for getting to Chippenham and Swindon. I also regularly use the services to Portsmouth, Cardiff, Weymouth and London Waterloo.

I have never been able to use the train for work, in spite of having a workshop overlooking the main line at Chippenham many years ago, and more recently living within 1/2 mile of the site of an old station on the Warminster to Salisbury line and working next to the site of Staverton Halt!

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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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