Save the Melksham Train
Archived Save the Train forum articles - 2005 to 2010. See below
Salisbury - 45/80
Written by Nick Field on Friday, 14th October 2005

The natural geography of Wiltshire divides the county in half, and it seems that people from the south of the county don't feel that they have too many links with the north and vice versa.

Re: Salisbury - 45/82
Written by philmcm on Friday, 14th October 2005

I love going to Salisbury too - and do so quite often. However, it ought to be mentioned that the shopping centre and cathedral etc are all a bit of a walk from the station. Fine for the hale and hearty amongst us, but not so easy for elderly or infirm who aren't up for a mile or so's hike along (admittedly mainly flat and certainly architecturally interesting) Salisbury's back-streets. There are however buses and taxis right outside the station.

Re: Salisbury - 45/85
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 16th October 2005

I have to agree - the train is much the best way into Salisbury; geeze can it be an interesting place to park if you have a car!

I've got some pictures ....

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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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