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Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 1st October 2005
I was walking in Melksham today, and I bumped into a chap I know vaguely.
"Hello" he says. "What's this about the train ....".
I explain a little of the complex story.
"I use the train to go to Salisbury for the day" he says. "What will that mean when the services change?" he asks.
Alas, it will mean that he can't leave Melksham in the morning or lunchtime. So really the service he he uses would be gone. The first train to leave towards the South (based on current timings) wouldn't be until after 6 in the evening!
We chatted about alternatives. He doesn't drive; he could use the bus ... that's bus to Devizes, change, bus to Salisbury. Or ... bus to Trowbridge, walk to station, train. Both very much slower than his current journey. Neither is direct any more. Very sad; this chap really struggles with life as it is and it seems that here's another slap in the face for him.
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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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