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Transport Direct FAQ - 2804/6027
Written by Lee on Monday, 2nd July 2007

Can be found in the link below.

Re: Transport Direct FAQ - 2804/6037
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 2nd July 2007

It's a while since I used Transport Direct as I had always found it peculiar in its routings to say the least.  But with a trip to Trowbridge tomorrow, I thought I would see what it came up with.    WELL ... it has me walking from home up to the Bowerhill suburb to catch the daily bus that runs from there to Trowbridge (and passes our house on the way), the getting off at Paxcrost and transferring onto the Stagecoach service 49 that also goes into the centre of Trowbridge.

Other sites / information have confirmed that I'm right time for the daily 235, so I'll probably catch that ... from our place and stay on it to Trowbridge (not worrying if the 49 overtakes it and arrives a minute ahead!)

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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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