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Fitting in like a hand in a glove. - 321/905
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 17th July 2006

Make no mistake ... it should be easy - VERY easy - to slot in a good Swindon to Westbury service, even at this late stage of timetable planning

Re: Fitting in like a hand in a glove. - 321/907
Written by Nick Field on Monday, 17th July 2006

I very much like the sound of this idea, has it been put forward to the decision makers?

Re: Fitting in like a hand in a glove. - 321/917
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 17th July 2006

Actually, NO, Nick, I haven't mentioned it; I've been leaving the experts to work out the detailed logistics of their service. I've felt it would be rather like going to a bakery and telling them not only what I want to buy and what their customers want, but also how to do the baking.

But ... the time comes that it might be worth pointing out how seamlessly the extra service would fit in ...

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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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