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TransWilts Traffic Chaos - 5284/9470
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 16th January 2008

The river Avon flooded again last night resulting in more chaos for commuters in west Wiltshire this morning (link below.)

Re: TransWilts Traffic Chaos - 5284/9473
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 16th January 2008

[quote author=Lee link=topic=5284.msg9470#msg9470 date=1200485917]
The river Avon flooded again last night resulting in more chaos for commuters in west Wiltshire this morning (link below.)


Some of the roads mentioned such as the B3105 and B3107 flood quite often ... and I note the paper talks about 5 to 6 MILE traffic jams between Trowbridge and Melksham (up to the West Country Farmer / Asda) corner.  Railway intact.

Re: TransWilts Traffic Chaos - 5284/9474
Written by Nick Field on Wednesday, 16th January 2008

The River Avon is on Flood warning alert right through from Malmesbury to Bristol according to the environment agency:

More rain is due towards the weekend.

(A429 is currently closed at Kingsway Bridge where the Swindon to South Wales line crosses the road)

Re: TransWilts Traffic Chaos - 5284/9486
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 17th January 2008

And the forecast is rain today (Thursday) HEAVY tomorrow (Friday), HEAVY Saturday and more Sunday.

Watch this [gurgle] space!

Re: TransWilts Traffic Chaos - 5284/9500
Written by Lee on Thursday, 17th January 2008

Bradford on Avon is battening down the hatches as the river Avon threatens to flood the town centre (link below.)

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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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