Save the Melksham Train
Archived Save the Train forum articles - 2005 to 2010. See below - 5338/9553
Written by commuterjunction on Sunday, 20th January 2008

Hello, just a quick post to let you all know about
a new online national community for all of us commuters.  The main aim
of the site is to provide a forum where you and fellow commuters can
share experiences, provide heads-up information and have a jolly good
chat.  I believe rail providers give all the information they can
regarding delays and the like, but this site can give them a helping
hand with info from the people on the street in realtime.

Hope to see you soon at

Re: - 5338/9558
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 20th January 2008

Hi, good luck with that project.

We had a careful look at widening our "Save the Train" website with its current service / future service areas where many users read and some post across a wider area.  In the end we decided that covering the country as a whole was just too much for our team and that such a project would be still born .... and you need a motivated team, and (country wide) probably good sponsorship or some way of raising money from your users to meet your server and time costs.  And in the end we spawned off [url][/url] - the First Great Western Coffee shop, on the basis that all the companies / player are the same across the region and there's so much of an intermeshing of the trains in any case.

Re: - 5338/9562
Written by commuterjunction on Sunday, 20th January 2008

Thanks, I hope you manage to get your train service back, must be frustrating for you to say the least

Re: - 5338/9581
Written by Lee on Monday, 21st January 2008

Good luck with your new website. As Graham says, we dont have the manpower to cover absolutely everthing in minute detail. However, we do provide a comprehensive news service in our Greater Britain section, and updates from you on your progress would be most welcome.

Re: - 5338/9608
Written by commuterjunction on Wednesday, 23rd January 2008

Thanks, I will let you know how it goes.  All the best

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.

-- Graham Ellis, (webmaster), February 2021

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