Save the Melksham Train
Archived Save the Train forum articles - 2005 to 2010. See below
Nine-Day Shutdown For Perth - Inverness Rail Link - 4296/7973
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 3rd October 2007

Network Rail has announced a nine-day suspension of services between Perth and Inverness for maintenance and track improvements (link below.)

The shutdown has been scheduled to run from 10 to 19 November 2007 , with buses provided as an alternative.

Network Rail said the work was needed to prepare the route for the potential impact of severe winter weather.

Network Rail said buses would be provided during the suspension and Caledonian Sleeper services would be retimed and diverted after Edinburgh to run via Fife to Aberdeen.

Network Rail said there would also be an effect on GNER services and it was working closely with First ScotRail and other operators to minimise disruption.

David Simpson , Network Rail route director for Scotland , said the work has been timed to avoid the tourist season.

Inverness Chamber of Commerce chief executive , Casia Zajac , said the closure would be an "inconvenience".

Ms Zajac said disruption further underlined the chamber's call for the A9 to be converted to dual carriageway. Only certain sections of the road in the Highlands are.

She said: "All transport links are important to the Highland economy and this will come as an inconvenience, but I do understand that we have to maintain what needs to be maintained."

Ms Zajac added that she was not aware of Inverness Chamber of Commerce being advised of the closure so that it in turn could alert the business community.

Re: Nine-Day Shutdown For Perth - Inverness Rail Link - 4296/8133
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 10th October 2007

Further shutdowns are planned in Scotland , this time over the festive season (link below.)

A modernisation project will affect services in Glasgow , Edinburgh , Stirling , Aberdeen and Dundee.

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.

-- Graham Ellis, (webmaster), February 2021

This site is hosted by Well House Consultants Ltd. (
Contact Information

Further Information:
 Current Summary
 Daily update
 User forum
 Service now
 Service future
 Future Analysis
 Recent Statistics
 Recent letters
 Letter to DfT
 Save the train
 Support us
 Other Maps
 Station facilities
 Station approach
 Trains diverted
 About Melksham
 Site Map
 About this site