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London trains - 366/1103
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 1st August 2006

As from December, First will offer you ....

Melksham to London at 07:17, change at Swindon, arrive 09:04
Melksham to London at 19:50, change at Swindon, arrive 21:26
(no point in going via Westbury - there's such a long wait there for a connection that you can leave later via Swindon and get to London earlier)

London to Melksham at 17:30, change at Swindon, arrive 19:08
(just the one practical train daily; the morning Melksham trains leave Swindon / Westbury before the first arrival from London, and to arrive at 19:50 via Westbury you would have to leave London at 17:33 ... may as well get the 17:30 and be here 45 minutes earlier and at a slightly lower cost)

Re: London trains - 366/1107
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 2nd August 2006

Letter to the editor, Wiltshire Times ....

Dear Sir,

I'm writing to express my disgust at the new train timetable that First will be operating from this December, and in particular its effect on Westbury and Melksham.

Westbury was to have an hourly semi-fast service to London during the day ... that was in all the draft timetables, but in the final edition published last Friday, First have cut this service back to Bedwyn, leaving just occasional and erratically timed London trains during the day.

Melksham has fared even worse.

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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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