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Wootton Bassett - 37/58
Written by Nick Field on Friday, 7th October 2005

Not sure whether to post this topic in this section or 'places on the line'.  Anyway, Wootton Bassett station has long since closed but does anyone know if there are any plans or campaigns to reopen it?  Clearly if it did reopen then it would be unlikely that the expresses would stop there, it would be local trains like the current Melksham trains (or BTM to Oxford trains if that service were ever revived)  This could be an angle worth looking at for our campaign to keep and enhance the service using the Melksham line?


Re: Wootton Bassett - 37/61
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 8th October 2005

Both "future" and "On the line", me thinks!    Really - post where you feel is appropriate. It's not as if posts are going to get lost in a forest - yet  ;)

I did an online search for the Wootton Bassett Park and Ride project a few weeks ago, and it seemed to have faded our rather; I was also trying to track down anothe scheme that I can vaguely recall about a West Swindon Park and Ride; the railway passes very close to the M4 / main road into Swindon junction bewteen Wootton Bassett and Swindon, and I think there was an idea there.

I found nothing on West Swindon, but I did find some references / names for Wootton Bassett, none current.  I did drop an email to the current email address of one of the people concerned, but haven't received any reply.  Of course, we can't draw any conclusions from a single email ...

Re: Wootton Bassett - 37/63
Written by Nick Field on Saturday, 8th October 2005

Found the following! :

link to index of articles

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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