Save the Melksham Train
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05.52 to Swindon on 24/07/06 - 343/996
Written by Sion Bretton on Monday, 24th July 2006

2 boarded the train at Melksham.
10 already on the train.

So it is not used.

Shouldn't the managers just try the trains and so they can see how many use the trains.

Re: 05.52 to Swindon on 24/07/06 - 343/999
Written by Nick Field on Monday, 24th July 2006

[quote author=Sion Bretton link=topic=343.msg996#msg996 date=1153766911]

So it is not used.


I take it that was sarcasm! Thats 12 people who have no other choice unless they take their cars as i dont believe any buses run that early

Re: 05.52 to Swindon on 24/07/06 - 343/1000
Written by Sion Bretton on Monday, 24th July 2006

No buses from Melksham to Chippenham at that time.

Re: 05.52 to Swindon on 24/07/06 - 343/1003
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 25th July 2006

The DfT tells us we have an average of 12 passengers per train ... and yet here you are travelling on what I know is

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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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