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09:15 train, Saturday 8th July - 294/795
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 8th July 2006

I did a dropoff run this morning ... not usual for a Saturday morning.  09:15 to Southampton service.

A dozen (12) people waiting at the station for the train, which the information point was predicting would be 5 or 6 minutes late.  Everyone had luggage / pushchairs, etc ... I surmise quite a few long distance jourenys in that lot, with perhaps just one or two shorter jourenys.

I'm agreeably astonished at how popular the weekend trains are ... when you consider that there's weekend disruption more often than not.  I guess I shouldn't be astonished; some of the pictures on this web site were taken over last year's August Bank holiday weekend when the trains that I travelled on were bustling!

Re: 09:15 train, Saturday 8th July - 294/799
Written by Sion Bretton on Saturday, 8th July 2006

I will keep some figures for you on the trips I make and e-mail once a week or month if you want Graham

I nornal get the 06.56 monday to Friday & 17.59 from Chippenham.


Re: 09:15 train, Saturday 8th July - 294/803
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 8th July 2006

Would really appreciate the emails, Sion ... I do my very best to get an accurate picture and I've already got a much more reliable / seasonally spread / up to date view than the DfT's figures on which they made their decisions BUT I still don't know the full picture.  The more email reports, the better, in fact!


Re: 09:15 train, Saturday 8th July - 294/806
Written by Sion Bretton on Saturday, 8th July 2006

I will collect figures for you.

Re: 09:15 train, Saturday 8th July - 294/807
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 8th July 2006

A follow-up on the 09:15 ... apparentiy quite a few did get on/off at Melksham - probably 8 - but otherwise it was quite quiet until Southampton. Only Southampton and Salisbury were busier than Melksham, with Romsey about the same.  Interestingly, a 2 coach train.

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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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