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Wiltshire and Salisbury Colleges - 4069/7665
Written by Nick Field on Tuesday, 18th September 2007

Plan to merge as I mentioned in September's meeting:

A potential traffic flow along the lengh of the rail corridor.

Re: Wiltshire and Salisbury Colleges - 4069/7733
Written by courgettelawn on Friday, 21st September 2007

Correct.  See also here:

Re: Wiltshire and Salisbury Colleges - 4069/7999
Written by courgettelawn on Wednesday, 3rd October 2007

I should add that the move of Salisbury College to the town centre (site of bus depot) is a key part the Salisbury Vision so proximity to rail station will be much better than its current location if it comes off.

Re: Wiltshire and Salisbury Colleges - 4069/8009
Written by WyvusArconius on Thursday, 4th October 2007

Is there any milage to approaching the College to see if they would lend support to a "Transwilts" service? Might add more 'fuel to the fire'...


Re: Wiltshire and Salisbury Colleges - 4069/8024
Written by courgettelawn on Thursday, 4th October 2007

Good idea, will what I can do.

Re: Wiltshire and Salisbury Colleges - 4069/8138
Written by Nick Field on Wednesday, 10th October 2007

Another thing to bear in mind as well is the fact that free bus travle for students is being axed, meaning students will have to pay for the cost of transport to the colleges:

Depending on how close you are to the stations this would mean bus travel would be at a great disadvantage to train travel in terms of speed, and probably cost as well.

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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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