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Draft Timetable - TransWilts service - from December 2007. - 2835/6078
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 4th July 2007

Here is the current MONDAY to FRIDAY proposal from First Great Western. This information supplied in paper form only by FGW to just a few people (as a part of a timetable covering certain other lines too).

Re: Draft Timetable - TransWilts service - from December 2007. - 2835/6087
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 4th July 2007

A further note ... that "reflecting" the 06:19 from Swindon back at Salisbury ... so that's 07:35 from Salisbury, 08:00 from Westbury and 08:45 into Swindon, they south again to Salisbury (09:00 from Swindon, around 10:10 in Salisbury) would have sorted out so many of the morning issues.

Similarly taking the train that forms the 19:35 from Westbury to Swindon (which starts back at Southampton, I think) and starting it at Salisbury instead at 19:05 ... after a 19:00 arrival there from a 17:45 off Swindon.

Re: Draft Timetable - TransWilts service - from December 2007. - 2835/6089
Written by Graz on Wednesday, 4th July 2007

Sigh, after all that hope, FGW turn around and say that it's not possible?

[Quote]there aren't the paths to actually run the trains proposed ...[/Quote]
Was this just a throwaway statement to disguise the truth? How come there were the paths availible before? Surely it wouldn't be that difficult to fit the trains in somewhere, even if they were to start from Westbury. Could First shed some light on this in the near future?

Your proposals may be worth investigating further with First, Graham... Seeing as there's no need for FGW local services to come from Southampton anymore, it may be worth proposing this.

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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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