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Chippenham Expansion - 3565/7055
Written by Nick Field on Friday, 24th August 2007

Re: Chippenham Expansion - 3565/7086
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 25th August 2007

To quote:

"Wiltshire County Council has just invited tenders from developers for the 480 acres of land in their ownership at Chippenham South - the site extends from Lackham College around the south of Chippenham to Pewsham."

And a further comment ...

"Well spotted but are we surprised? The council has already decreed that 10000 homes need to be built (or some such number) so it should not comes as a massive surprise"

[color=Purple]My view?[/color] Not necessarily discouraged. Although an increase in housing to the south of Chippenham, and in Melksham, Trowbridge, Westbury and Warminster will put pressure on the Chippenham bypass and the A350, it also helps to turn the case for improving fast public transport in the corridor into a "no brainer".

"Fast" public transport ... Chippenham to Trowbridge in under 30 minutes?  The current bus service takes around 45 minutes (some services longer), but the train - at 06:34 and 18:58 each day only - just 20 minutes.  Add in 4 minutes for a Lackham / Lacock stop, and 4 minutes for a Holt / Staverton ... a number of years in the future ... still a fast service!

Re: Chippenham Expansion - 3565/7351
Written by Nick Field on Monday, 3rd September 2007

Another readers letter:

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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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