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October 1990 Timetable - 523/1522
Written by Lee on Monday, 25th September 2006
Been going through the archive today.....
Melksham train service from 1 October 1990 - 12 May 1991.
Re: October 1990 Timetable - 523/1525
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 26th September 2006
I wonder what ticket sales were in those days ... and I notice that, sparse though the service was, the Monday to Friday train arrived in Swindon when people wanted it (not 40 minutes earlier) and left at the optimal time (not 70 minutes later). The Saturday timings were good for the day or half day in Swindon too. Although we'll have slightly more trains in December '06 than we had in 1990, the pattern of service looks like it's a step back even from this level.
Please - I WANT an Oxford to Westbury service back ... an that's not just personal; there's a huge logic to it or an extended version down to Salisbury - perhaps picking up the slots from the Westbury to Salisbury leg of the "Southampton Shuttle" when it's withdrawn from that part of its route on its transfer to SWT. Or pehaps SWT would like to run a whole Southampton to Oxfors service.
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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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