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SWT To Close 9 Of Its 10 Travel Centres - 4446/8211
Written by Lee on Monday, 15th October 2007

Centres at Salisbury , Guildford , Bournemouth , Southampton , Weymouth , Winchester , Richmond , Poole and Woking will close with only the London Waterloo travel centre remaining open. The train operator plans to rent the space vacated by the travel centres to shop and catering outlets (link below.)

A spokeswoman for SWT denied that the company , which has pledged to pay

Re: SWT To Close 9 Of Its 10 Travel Centres - 4446/8267
Written by courgettelawn on Friday, 19th October 2007

Salisbury's closure reported here:

For such a major tourist destination, this is going to make life interesting.  The ticket machines are not multi-lingual and fare choice is very difficult! Salisbury consistently also only have one or two kiosks open rather than all three in the mornings.

Re: SWT To Close 9 Of Its 10 Travel Centres - 4446/9126
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 19th December 2007

More in the link below.

Re: SWT To Close 9 Of Its 10 Travel Centres - 4446/9278
Written by courgettelawn on Thursday, 3rd January 2008

Salisbury Travel Centre still open.  On one mid-morning when it was closed there was chaos at the station and people missed their trains as the one ticket machine and manned booths were over-run.

Here is the on-going correspondence between Robert Key, MP for Salisbury, and Stewart Palmer, SWT MD:

There seems to be some ambiguity about franchise terms and the closure decision made without consultation.

Re: SWT To Close 9 Of Its 10 Travel Centres - 4446/9306
Written by courgettelawn on Saturday, 5th January 2008

Here, finally, is the excerpted reply to my concerns about the closure at Salisbury.  Please note that there are no comfy seats at Salisbury Travel Centre... and how many people who want to just turn up and get on will use who charge a

Re: SWT To Close 9 Of Its 10 Travel Centres - 4446/10564
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 5th March 2008

Recent Parliamentary Written Answer :

[quote author=Lee link=topic=4456.msg10563#msg10563 date=1204708245]
Robert Key: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she received proposals from South West Trains under the Network Modifications (Closures) regime contained in the Railway Act 2005 to close the travel centre at Salisbury station; and when she expects to announce her decision.

Mr. Tom Harris: The proposal was received by the Department on 20 November 2007. The decision to approve this minor modification has been made. The determination was issued on 25 February.[/quote]

Also :

[quote author=Lee link=topic=4456.msg10567#msg10567 date=1204724673]Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she received from South West Trains notification of network modifications relating to travel offices in Hampshire; and if she will make a statement.

Mr. Tom Harris: South West Trains forwarded minor modification proposals covering a number of travel centres at their stations to the Department for Transport on 20 November 2007 and 24 December 2007. Three stations in Hampshire are currently under consideration: Southampton, Winchester and Basingstoke.[/quote]

Re: SWT To Close 9 Of Its 10 Travel Centres - 4446/10782
Written by courgettelawn on Friday, 14th March 2008

No extra of the promised ticket machines to date.  Queues markedly longer when the machine stops accepting cards.

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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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