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Independent survey finds over 2 TIMES the users claimed by the DfT - 353/1048
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Friday, 28th July 2006

Informed sources tell me that a recent survey organised by the West Wilts Rail users' group has found that several TIMES the number of passengers travel "over" Salisbury on the through trains from Bristol to Waterloo than Department for Transport figures suggest.

The Bristol to Waterloo service, which provides the only through trains from Bradford on Avon, Trowbridge and Warminster to London, is operated by Stagecoach under the South West trains franchise, due for renewal at the end of this year.

Re: Independent survey finds over 2 TIMES the users claimed by the DfT - 353/1062
Written by Lee on Friday, 28th July 2006

Here is an article on this (link below.)

Quote from the above link :

"Campaigners trying to save trains in Melksham have invited other operators to consider taking over the service.

The new timetable operated by First Group, which was awarded the Greater Western Franchise in December, will see just two trains a day serving Melksham. For more information about the campaign visit"

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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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