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Dilton Marsh (26/11/2007) - 4832/8828
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 27th November 2007

I travelled on the 1310 service from Salisbury - Westbury , which was about 75% loaded (admittedly in part due to the cancellation of the preceding Portsmouth - Cardiff service.) 5 people got off at Dilton Marsh , including me. One asked what was happening from December , to which the guard replied "you are losing a couple of trains per day."

I spent some time looking around Dilton Marsh , and the combination of existing and new - build housing is spread over a surprisingly wide area. In fact , DM is increasingly looking like a suburb of Westbury , and the continuing growth probably justifies the claims of local campaigners that a better service would be appropriate.

However , my return on the 1415 towards Southampton provided a taste of what's to come. Because it follows a Cardiff - Portsmouth train out of Westbury , it is virtually empty. At the moment though , trains at least tend to run through to Southampton. Unfortunately , journey opportunities will be reduced from December , with some trains terminating at Warminster.

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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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