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Will Melksham be the fastest growing town in North West Wilts? - 4822/8814
Written by Nick Field on Tuesday, 27th November 2007

Quote from the North Wiltshire Retail needs assesment study:

In assessing expenditure growth, we have applied the ONS 2004 based population
forecasts 5 for North Wiltshire, West Wiltshire and Kennet, having allocated each of our
nine household survey zones to the district in which all or the majority of the population
in that zone falls (see Spreadsheet Table 1). Thus, the population change in each
zone is as set out in Spreadsheet Table 2. For the catchment area as a whole, the
population is projected to grow from 183,335 in 2007, to 203,821 in 2026, a growth of
11.2%. The fastest growing zone is Melksham which is located in West Wiltshire

Re: Will Melksham be the fastest growing town in North West Wilts? - 4822/8837
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 28th November 2007

In answer to the question in the title - "Yes, probably".  Which is why a decent fast public transport service to surrounding areas is needed.

Re: Will Melksham be the fastest growing town in North West Wilts? - 4822/8842
Written by Nick Field on Wednesday, 28th November 2007

I confess to my initial post being deliberately worded to be a bit of a 'teaser'  :)

Here are the links to the full reports:


PDF report (2.9mb) :

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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