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How to do a train every 2 hours from Swindon to Salisbury with just 1 more unit - 4179/7811
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 25th September 2007
A letter in my email concerning Open Access - a subject we explored a while back - brought the subject to the forefront of my mind again; in the past it was a subject that had turned into something of a blind alley but - with changing circumstances - there might be something in it again.
Re: How to do a train every 2 hours from Swindon to Salisbury with just 1 more unit - 4179/7823
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 26th September 2007
[quote author=Graham Ellis link=topic=4179.msg7811#msg7811 date=1190738345]
South West Trains' Southampton to Salisbury service arrives is Salisbury at 15 minutes after the hour, and return South at 48 minutes after.
Re: How to do a train every 2 hours from Swindon to Salisbury with just 1 more unit - 4179/7832
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 26th September 2007
I was just looking at some "in principle" stuff, Lee ... choosing trains that lay over in Salisbury. I haven't even looked at the London to Salisbury trains yet and what their layovers are. Now that would give a new through service every 2 hours from Melksham, Trowbridge, and Warminster to London. Seeing as the census tells us that more people commute from Melksham than Westbury to London each day ... I suspect the service may get some use.
Re: How to do a train every 2 hours from Swindon to Salisbury with just 1 more unit - 4179/7873
Written by WyvusArconius on Friday, 28th September 2007
Hello one and all,
Apologies for my quiet dispostion over the summer, my access to the internet is somewhat less back here in Wiltshire. However, the new (and my final) academic year looms, so here I am again.
I have not forgotten the plight of the trans wilts service, and have often passed thru Melksham and wondered about "what could be" with a re-timetabled service.
To that end, I return to offer my boundless enthusiasm to you. I belive that a frequent, reliable Transwilts service holds many benifits for our county, and I am ready to "get the word out" to as many people as I can.
Re: How to do a train every 2 hours from Swindon to Salisbury with just 1 more unit - 4179/7905
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 30th September 2007
Good to see you back, Daniel; it's been quite a summer as you'll see looking around here. We so darned nearly got the 3 round "TransWilts" trips a day back - an IDEAL morning peak one, two during-the-day that would have been distictly useful and would have been a useful springboard and an excellent marking push, though we still had a hole at the true evening peak. But that fell for reasons that aren't yet 100% clear to me.
With a new face at FGW, a new face at Network Rail, and a return (tomorrow !) from secondment elsewhere of a key player at the DfT, I think we're well set for a final push for an appropriate service in what is now the foreseeable future.
Re: How to do a train every 2 hours from Swindon to Salisbury with just 1 more unit - 4179/7944
Written by WyvusArconius on Tuesday, 2nd October 2007
i'm thinking we need to find a way to get the message out to a wider audience. Save the Train already has a large support base, but as the transwilts serves 71.5% of the county's population, I'm thinking we could get 'the word' out to more people. If half the county were crying out for an improved service, that would hopefully add more pressure on those in a position to change things. Is there some kind of medium for this? A big advert in the local papers telling the "story so far"... or doing a "save the train" afternoon, whereby (with permission) we leaflet at all the stations along the route to gather support and gain awareness. we could even invite the press along to watch.
Re: How to do a train every 2 hours from Swindon to Salisbury with just 1 more u - 4179/8000
Written by courgettelawn on Wednesday, 3rd October 2007
I agree and while I am yet to finish an article for submission to local and national papers - if it sufficiently stokes their interest - the more letters the better. Salisbury Journal aren't great at letters on transport issues unless it is about speed cameras, parking ambassadors or school buses. I would like to make a greater effort to recruit more south wilts support. Will what can be done when I'm less fraught.
Certainly I think it is important to keep the TransWilts issue truly 'TransWilts'.
Re: How to do a train every 2 hours from Swindon to Salisbury with just 1 more unit - 4179/8010
Written by WyvusArconius on Thursday, 4th October 2007
I agree, we should focus on the Transwilts issue.
If you need any help doing things for that article, or anything else, my timetable at uni allows me a shameful amount of free time in which to do things, so don't hesitate to ask.
Re: How to do a train every 2 hours from Swindon to Salisbury with just 1 more u - 4179/8023
Written by courgettelawn on Thursday, 4th October 2007
Thank you, I will do.
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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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