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SSCTs - Strategically Significant Cities and Towns - 3778/7304
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 1st September 2007

The "West Wilts" corridor is perhaps unique in the South West in that it links up six large urban areas which are designated (or likely to be) designated as Strategically Significant Cities and Towns under the Regional Spatial Strategy - thet means heavy growth, with 35,000 homes expected between these towns, equating to a population increase of around 72,000 persons.

Re: SSCTs - Strategically Significant Cities and Towns - 3778/7341
Written by philmcm on Sunday, 2nd September 2007

Some excellent work there - thanks Graham. Particularly interesting to see the comparisons with the Carlisle line, which only served to confirm my suspicions.

Re: SSCTs - Strategically Significant Cities and Towns - 3778/7353
Written by courgettelawn on Monday, 3rd September 2007

Part of my attempt to gather as much information as possible on net inflows and outflows from the rest of Wiltshire to Salisbury is to place in context of the much acclaimed Salisbury and South Wilts Vision.  A document drawn up by some senisble consultants who see the attractiveness of Salisbury as a place to live and work increase enormously in the coming 15-12 years.  However the town is almost at breaking point (my opinion) with traffic.  Park and Ride has been unsuccessful, mainly owing to poor management, poor promotion and and poor service times (last bus out of town to carpark, 6.30pm and no service Sundays...)  The town centre is a nightmare for any motorist owing to both the ring-road, inner ring-road and inter-connecting one-way system.  Bus services are ok but could have so much more use if they connected up to each other and the rail services better.  It would also help if more buses served the rail station.

Apart from journeys into Devon and south Wales and London, people use their cars for journeys within the county and a little beyond.  I am sure many would jump at the chance to come to Salisbury without the stress of navigating the town and finding somewhere to park if there was a regular, reliable and viable rail service from Swindon and Chippenham.  This is especially important for those who work in the city.  SDC are currently receiving comments and suggestions on the Vision from the public and an appropriate TransWilts rail service will definitely be on my agenda.

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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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