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hello - 578/1716
Written by paulsouthwales on Tuesday, 24th October 2006

Hello Graham and forum members

I have been reading the posts on this forum for a good six or so months now, and i am so sorry to see that you have appeared to have lost your local train service from December 2006.  Whilst I may never use a train to/from or via Melksham, i do really feel strongly about what has happened and hence the upset that you are experiening.  I am sorry that I couldnt join you on your recent early morning journeys (after the eng. works) but I was more than there with you in principle!!!

I have no connection with Melksham at all, but I am so very sad to see the current journey opportunities offered to Melksham passengers to be severely diminished in about six weeks time.  I am so very disappointed!!! 

Lets hope 2007 might bring as good (or even better) situation as in 2002!


I am truely sorry for you guys!

Graham - I read that you say the Battle for 2006 has been lost, but I really do hope that 2007 will bring a better year for Melksham!

Re: hello - 578/1723
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 25th October 2006

Paul, it would indeed take a miracle to recover a sensible service from this December. I'm sure you've read of growing ticket sales, and of other signs of steadily increasing business - 8 people on the platform waiting for the train and 5 got off the other day when the 17:02 did run, just one or two short of 50 on the late afternoon Saturday train that's being withdrawn, and 42 on the very early train into Swindon.

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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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