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The Busses have it! - 292/790
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Friday, 7th July 2006

This week ... DfT have pledged

92 million pounds granted Cambridgeshire guided bus scheme
AND 42 million for the Bristol Showcase bus corridors

Half a million a year would safeguard a two hourly Swindon - Chippenham - Melksham - Trowbridge - Westbury train service for a year.  Remember - these are the HIGHEST GROWTH towns anywhere in the SouthWest and the threatened train service already has 109,000 passenegers a year.  Growth - 35% per annum, compound.

Perhaps we would be more successful if we asked for 5 or 10 million to set up a showcase bus route of our own ::)

Re: The Busses have it! - 292/11505
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 12th April 2008

This is what the guided bus scheme has done in Cambridgeshire so far ...

I have been working at two different companies on the Cambridge Science Park for the last fortnight, and most of the employees there are having to take extreme measures (early or late starts, cycling, working from home, ride sharing) in order to get into work.  Talking too them, few of them yet understand how the guided bus scheme, which takes to the city's roads at the former level crossing I have pictured above, will improve their access to their place of work, travelling from Hitchin, Ely, Cherry Hinton, and the city centre.

Re: The Busses have it! - 292/12055
Written by Lee on Thursday, 1st May 2008

Bristol is still waiting for

Re: The Busses have it! - 292/12400
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 21st May 2008

The DfT have now given final approval for the Bristol Showcase Bus Routes (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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