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The transwilts campaign - 5200/9344
Written by WyvusArconius on Tuesday, 8th January 2008

Hello one and all!

Seeing our latest member talk about Dilton Marsh this morning got me thinking. Do we have people on here from EVERY area of the transwilts? If so, is it worth arranging for someone to "report in" on each part of the route... eg someone for Dilton Marsh, someone for Melksham etc.. I know we are all busy people, but is there any milage in that?
Also, is it worth organising some kind of mass press update, or some kind of public event, both to remind locals that there is a service and that its worth fighting for, and also to remind "the powers that be" that we are still here, still hoping. Gentle nudging every now and again might be what all sides need to keep the transwilts issue high up on the agenda.

Thoughts anyone?


Re: The transwilts campaign - 5200/9349
Written by philmcm on Tuesday, 8th January 2008

I'm here and vaguely representing Melksham as best I can (as Graham well knows!)

While I think of it, I'm not sure if anyone's referenced the following link on here before now

- it includes a list of other active (and some not so active) rail campaigns. Might be worth adding ours to it as well as plundering others for ideas and contacts...

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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