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New Timetable - from a TransWilts perspective - 4915/8964
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 8th December 2007

The Tourist Information Centre has asked me to update my "minitimetable" .... so here's a link to a draft.  Please have a look at it and let me know of any stupid mistakes I have made!

Table 1 - Swindon to Westbury

(N.B. First two trains MONDAY TO FRIDAY only, next two SATURDAY ONLY, final train SUNDAY ONLY!)

[code]                        M-F    M-F    Sat    Sat    Sun
London (Paddington)    -      17s45  14s15  20s00  17s07
Reading                -      18s11  14s41  20s27  17s42
Worcester Shrub Hill    -      17:05  -      19b10  -
Cheltenham              -      17:33  14s01  20s01  16s35
Gloucester              05:29  17:51  14s15  20s15  16s49

Swindon                06:18  18:45  15:29  21:08  18:31
Chippenham              06:34  19:01  15:45  21:24  18:47
Melksham                06:43  19:11  15:58  21:34  18:57
Trowbridge              06:53  19:20  16:07  21:43  19:06
Westbury                07:01  19:27  16:13  21:51  19:13

Frome                  09w37  20w03  17w44  00w05  21w47
Warminster              07:13  19:49  16w47  22w09  19w37
Salisbury              07:36  20:13  17w09  22w32  20w00
Romsey                  07:56  20:33  17w50  22w56  20w19
Southampton            08:09  20:45  18:04  23w08  20w31[/code]

Westbury to Swindon

(N.B. First two trains MONDAY TO FRIDAY only, next two SATURDAY ONLY, final  two trains SUNDAY ONLY!)
[code]                        M-F    M-F    Sat    Sat    Sun    Sun
Southampton            -      18w10  06w47  13w10  15w54  17w54
Romsey                  -      18w21  06w59  13w21  16w06  18w06
Salisbury              06w12  18w41  07w23  13w52  16w28  18w28
Warminster              06w32  19w01  07w43  14w12  16w48  18w48
Frome                  06w43  18w27  07w55  14w34  15w18  19w18

Westbury                07:02  19:32  09:03  15:04  17:05  19:35
Trowbridge              07:08  19:38  09:09  15:10  17:11  19:42
Melksham                07:17  19:47  09:18  15:19  17:21  19:51
Chippenham              07:30  20:02  09:30  15:28  17:31  20:04
Swindon                07:48  20:19  09:48  15:47  17:48  20:20

Gloucester              08:50  21:16  11s04  17s04  19s18  21:20
Cheltenham              09:03  21:26  11s20  17s20  19g46  21:30
Worcester Shrub Hill    10c13  22c10  12b15  -      20g14  -
Reading                08s32  21s01  10s32  16s44  18s27  20s57
London (Paddington)    09s06  21s30  10s59  17s15  19s10  21s40[/code]

Notes for Table 1 (Swindon < - > Westbury):

w - change at Westbury
s - change at Swindon
c - change at Cheltenham Spa
b - change at both Swindon and Cheltenham Spa
g - change at both Swindon and Gloucester

Table 2 - Melksham to Bath and Bristol and back

Monday to Friday
[code]Melksham                06:43  07:17  19:11  19:47
Change at              Tro    Chi    Tro    Chi
Bath                    07:28  08:00  20:08  20:30
Bristol Temple Meads    07:45  08:17  20:29  20:45

Bristol Temple Meads    06:00  18:31  18:49
Bath                    06:13  18:43  19:07
Change at              Chi    Chi    Tro
Melksham                06:43  19:11  19:47[/code]


[code]Melksham                09:18  15:19  15:58  21:34
Change at              Chi    Chi    Tro    Tro
Bath                    10:00  16:00  16:35  22:35
Bristol Temple Meads    10:15  16:15  16:47  22:48

Bristol Temple Meads    08:24  14:24  15:00  20:33
Bath                    08:37  14:37  15:13  20:56
Change at              Tro    Tro    Chi    Chi
Melksham                09:18  15:19  15:58  21:34[/code]


[code]Melksham                17:21  18:57  19:51
Change at              Chi    Tro    Chi
Bath                    18:46  20:02  20:47
Bristol Temple Meads    19:02  20:20  21:02

Bristol Temple Meads    16:10  18:00  18:50
Bath                    16:24  18:13  19:02
Change at              Tro    Chi    Tro
Melksham                17:21  18:57  19:51[/code]

Notes for table 2 - Melksham <-> Bath and Bristol

Chi - Chippenham
Tro - Trowbridge

Notes for both tables:

* Although technically possible to travel from Melksham to London (Paddington) via Westbury, there are no useful connections via this route in the current timetable.

* Alternative journeys to Gloucester, Cheltenham and Worcester are possible via Trowbridge.

* Connections with a minimum of 5 minutes are shown.

* Intending passengers should check with First Great Western / Network Rail - Engineering works frequently effect the timing of trains at weekends and over public holiday periods, and trains are too frequently cancelled or amended due to lack of trains and staff, overrunning works on the line, weather conditions, the use of the line as a diversion route for expresses, and other reasons.

Every attempt has been made to get this page correct, but I'm only human. Please let me know  of any mistakes.  I think E&OE is the term I'm supposed to use, isn't it?

Re: New Timetable - from a TransWilts perspective - 4915/12543
Written by Industry Insider on Thursday, 12th June 2008

Have you heard anything 'through the grapevine' about the December timetable and any TransWilts improvements yet, Graham? I haven't, but I'm guessing the timetable planners would have to be at a stage where they know roughly what service will be specified.

Re: New Timetable - from a TransWilts perspective - 4915/12556
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 14th June 2008

Long and complicated story ... and still just developing

The prospective timetable that's on the pledge site was presented in February, but with a "draft, may change a bit" health warning, which is why the pledge says "or similar".  I was told this had a price tag of 110k per annum, and that it had been resourced and validated.

Last month, a similar grouping told me that had changed to another draft timetable which wasn't given to me in such detail, but from what I was told it is similar / very slightly better in terms of timing.  However, the money that First want to be paid to run it has risen to 320k per annum, and with such a big rise in three months it leads to all sorts of questions

The third option, which looks most probable bearing in mind that the first option is off the table, is "status quo" - the current service of trains from Swindon at 06:15 and 18:45, and from Westbury at 07:00 and 19:35, carrying on.

I can't say I'm happy with that ... it looks like someone got an incling that there was enough political pressure around to get some money put into it, so thought they would see if they could put the price up.  Of course, I would love to have that theory misproven but I don't see how a price can treble in 3 months, and feel it has to be more to do with the perceived price that someone's willing to pay than what it will actually cost.

Re: New Timetable - from a TransWilts perspective - 4915/12562
Written by Industry Insider on Tuesday, 17th June 2008

I am starting to fear that, in this case, no news is not good news.

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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