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timetable now on the FGW website - 354/1052
Written by aik4on on Friday, 28th July 2006


Re: timetable now on the FGW website - 354/1057
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Friday, 28th July 2006


Monday to Friday, Southbound

Swindon 06:20, Chippenham, Melksham 06:46, Trowbridge, Westbury 07:02
(Connection to Frome arrives at 09:01)

Swindon 18:42, Chippenham, Melksham 19:08, Trowbridge, Westbury 19:24
(Connection to Frome arrives at 19:54)

Monday to Friday, Northbound

(Connection from Frome at 06:46)
Westbury 07:02, Trowbridge, Melksham 07:17, Chippenham, Swindon 07:50

(Connection from Frome at 18:37)
Westbury 19:35, Trowbridge, Melksham 19:50, Chippenham, Swindon 20.20

Will fill in other times and details later.

Re: timetable now on the FGW website - 354/1067
Written by Sion Bretton on Friday, 28th July 2006

Looks like going to be a long day and with Winter a cold dark  long days.  :-[
Looks like I will be looking for another way to work.

Re: timetable now on the FGW website - 354/1073
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 29th July 2006

"Commuter train"

Yes, sadly the morning train that was too early for most users already has moved earlier, and the evening train that was about right for most people has now moved dramatically later ...

Until Friday, 8th December commuters from Frome, Westbury, Trowbridge and Melksham arrive in Swindon at 08:18.

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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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