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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.
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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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