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Change at Chippenham for Warminster, Salisbury & Southampton was the cry! - 376/1135
Written by Sion Bretton on Saturday, 5th August 2006
I was getting the 17.42 to Chippenham at Bath Spa Station, when I heard
Re: Change at Chippenham for Warminster, Salisbury & Southampton was the cry! - 376/1137
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 6th August 2006
That's a good piece of joined-up thinking in the day to day operations - and it's far from the first time something of the sort has happened. The numbers through the line may well be way over the 109,000 official figure, though. Occasional incidents like this, much more frequent diversions that come through (when we're closed at the end of August, there will be 6 trains a weekday between London and Bristol passing through) ....
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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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