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All Aboard The Wigglybus - 470/1377
Written by Lee on Monday, 4th September 2006

People living in Warminster will be able to use the Mere-based Wigglybus from today when the service expands its timetable (link below.)

Re: All Aboard The Wigglybus - 470/1379
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 4th September 2006

Wiggly is a great way to reach places not covered by other practical means of transport ... I guess that gives journeys from Warminster to Horningsham which I don't think has much of a regular service anymore even though it did in the past.

I was talking to a wiggly expert this morning (you know what I mean  ;) ) and understand that the typical subsidy per journey for a wiggly passenger is 3.50.  Which means that Mrs Brown goes off to town on the 8:21 bus and comes back in the afternoon, she's recouped 7 quid from her council tax.

There's no other practical means for some people to get to work in Chippenham and Swindon except on the 05:37 from Westbury.  As I understand it, a subsidy of 2.50 per head is in effect what First asked for to continue this and the other 30 Monday to Friday trains they withdraw in December. Should we invite WCC to provide this lesser subsidy per head considering that in both cases people are greatly effected by the othewise public transport shortage.

Re: All Aboard The Wigglybus - 470/1380
Written by Lee on Monday, 4th September 2006

I knew that article sounded familiar.............. :)

Seriously though , I do think that a version of it could be part of the way forward (see below.)

[quote author=Lee link=topic=434.msg1312#msg1312 date=1156844912]The challenge for stations such as Chetnole , Thornford , Dean , Dunbridge is to get potential passengers from the wider areas that they serve to these stations and thus onto the trains. A potential solution can be found in the link below.[/quote]

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.

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