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Transport Direct - Your One-Stop Shop For Holiday Travel Planning - 416/1230
Written by Lee on Friday, 18th August 2006

Something for the weekend?

"More than a million people this year have already benefited from Transport Direct. If you're holidaying in Britain this year, why not log on yourself, and join the online transport planning revolution."

Re: Transport Direct - Your One-Stop Shop For Holiday Travel Planning - 416/1232
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Friday, 18th August 2006

I tried out my "Melksham to Coventry" that I've just written another thread about.  Lee - your magnificent site, asked for a service after 5pm, came us with a bus to Chippenham, another bus up to nearer Chippenham station, a walk up to the Station.
Then trains with changes at Didcot, Oxford, Birmingham (!) and Coventy, with a Coventry arrival at 21:03.

Is the site intended for tourists who wish to experience a wide variety of types of transport, and see the beauty of some off-route places on the way

My customer left on an on-time 17:02, and should reach his destination by 20:22 ....

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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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