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Swindon - what would YOU do ... - 43/76
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Friday, 14th October 2005

If you had half a day or a day in Swindon, what would YOU do?  I have my own ideas (and plenty of them) but I'm not going to make suggestions just yet as you folks may come up with lots of other and extra and original ideas if I don't prompt you.

What would YOU do?
What would you recommend to your Mum and Dad?
Where would you take the kids?

Re: Swindon - what would YOU do ... - 43/78
Written by Nick Field on Friday, 14th October 2005

Railway museum is very good there!!

Personally I think Swindon's a dump, but is does have very good lesuire and shopping facilities.
Oasis leisure centre and Outlet shopping village are only a stones throw from the station.

Re: Swindon - what would YOU do ... - 43/81
Written by philmcm on Friday, 14th October 2005

A few weeks ago I organised an event in Swindon which, amongst other things, included a guided open topped bus tour of some of the, uh, memorable sights (including of course a tour round the Magic Roundabout, which the Americans in particular loved). Long story as to why, but it seemed to go down really well. Here's a link to a French lady's pictures of the day:


Re: Swindon - what would YOU do ... - 43/84
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 15th October 2005

Good starters, thanks, Gents .... I'll be putting together a flyer sheet tomorrow and including those ideas (except, sorry, the Magic Roundabout - too far to walk from the station too - err - just look at a roundabout?).    Is it worth mentioning the soccer, or the main town shopping area?  Architecture of the railway village?  Connecting trains to Didcot  ;D ??

Have to say ... for certain shopping needs we use Swindon, for onward connections we use Swindon, and I've many happy memories of taking the kids to the Oasis.  And I never cease to be surprised how quick it is by train v by road!

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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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