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Melksham Town Regeneration - 4669/8519
Written by Escargot on Thursday, 8th November 2007

I note from "Melksham News" that Melksham Town Trust are inviting all to a presentation and discussion on the development opportuunties for Melksham on 22 November at the Assembly Hall. Will 'Save the Train' or MRDG be represented?

'The discussion will cover the town's commercial and employment potential, the prospects for the river area - and perhaps a lake - through the 'emerging' Wilts and Berks Canal restoration: the opportunities for tourism'.

It seems to me a good place to promote save the Train's cause, too.

Re: Melksham Town Regeneration - 4669/8530
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Friday, 9th November 2007

To my knowledge, the answer is regrettably "no"  ... so far.  That's a Thursday, isn't it?    Evening?  I'm away today (writing from High Wycombe!) but will have a loook at the local paper when I get home....

I am aware that meny of the town's plans such as Melksham First - of which I am a member all be it a somewhat domant one at times - stop either at the end of the shopping area, at the Town Bridge, or at the A350 which excludes the railway.  At times, we comment that the station is too far out and yet I was up in the smaller town of Ely last weekend, and the station there, also out of the centre and with industry around, is vibrant!

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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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