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Save The Train - About this site - 3/3
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 21st September 2005
This is the discussion forum on the Save The Train website
The site is dedicated to promoting and securing a good and appropriate long term rail service on the line that passes through Melksham, Wiltshire - both for the residents of Melksham, which has a population of 24000 people, and for the residents of Salisbury, Warminster, Westbury, Trowbridge, Chippenham and Swindon which are linked by the line.
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Written by WyvusArconius on Tuesday, 9th January 2007
Hello one and all,
My name is Daniel. I have some interesting population figures here. These are based on the 2001 Census so they are some number of years old, and the figures will have changed, but these give a rough idea how many people would fit into this catchment area.
432973 total population of Wiltshire. (2001) (I think this is nearer 600,000 by now)
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Written by Lee on Tuesday, 9th January 2007
Excellent stuff , Daniel
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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