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Kiss and Ride day - 34/54
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 6th October 2005

Tuesday, 18th October is "Kiss and Ride" day at Melksham Station. The "Save the train" campaign will be serving teas and coffees to anyone catching the 07:45 to Chippenham and Swindon, and the 09:12 to Trowbridge and Westbury.

If you commute to one of these towns by road, why not make an exception next Tuesday?  Get a lift to the station, enjoy a cup of coffee, and sit back and read or watch the countryside as you travel to work.  Who knows - you might find this so much more efficient and relaxing that you take to the train regularly!

Melksham station enjoys a train service of 5 trains each way (Monday to Friday) on the Swindon to Westbury, Salisbury and Southampton line, with a journey time to Chippenham and Trowbridge of just 10 minutes, and 25 minutes to Swindon.  There are 4 trains each way on Saturdays, and 3 on Sundays.  The service is under threat from next year under new franchise arrangements - see

If you can't find anyone to drive you, come along and try the train anyway - there's plenty of free parking for cars and cycles.

Re: Kiss and Ride day - 34/90
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 18th October 2005

Wow - Many Thanks for your support everyone.

We arrived with piles of literature and loads of coffee and an urn full of water.    Three trains later, we left with a few leaflets and an empty urn!

Awaiting the travellers on the next 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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