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7th Noverber, 7 p.m. - meet the DfT in Trowbridge - 570/1696
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 22nd October 2006

The West Wilts Rail Users's group has Andrew Seedhouse - who works for the Department for Transport and is based in GoSW (Government Offices South West) as their guest speaker at their meeting on Tuesday, 7th November at 7 p.m. at Bridge House, Trowbridge - right by the station there, and conveninently timed to get the train down from Swindon, Chippenham and Melksham.

I'm not sure of the format / how many questions will be allowed, but I do know (1) it's an open meeting - anyone welcome, (2) Andrew is one of the major recommenders from the South West up to central DfT with regards what the region wants.

Re: 7th Noverber, 7 p.m. - meet the DfT in Trowbridge - 570/1768
Written by Nick Field on Saturday, 28th October 2006

I'll be there.  I'll be coming by train (if its running  ;D) but will have the car close at hand as 'back up'
Preston might come as well.

Re: 7th Noverber, 7 p.m. - meet the DfT in Trowbridge - 570/1856
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 8th November 2006

An interesting meeting ... further report to follow.

Re: 7th Noverber, 7 p.m. - meet the DfT in Trowbridge - 570/1877
Written by Nick Field on Thursday, 9th November 2006

It was an interesting meeting with a good turnout.  I was surprised (and pleased) that many of the questions seemed to be about the Melksham issue as I had been expecting the meeting to be mainly about things to do with the Cardiff - Portsmouth / Bristol - Weymouth line services.  A few faces that I didnt recognise were asking questions about Melksham / Trans Wilts services.

A very busy train down (could not get a seat to myself from Chippenham) I thought to myself how many will still be on the later commuter train in December.

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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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