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Tourists Spent - 5947/10300
Written by Lee on Saturday, 23rd February 2008

Tourism related businesses in Wiltshire are performing "maginificently" according to the chief executive of VisitBritain (link below.)

Tom Wright praised the county's tourism industry, which is among the best in the country, following the release of Government figures which show overseas tourists spent

Re: Tourists Spent - 5947/10301
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 23rd February 2008

I have added a further comment ...

The local TIC runs independently in Melksham and is not funded by the District Council any longer.  There IS a valid discussion to be had as regards to its funding, but I understand that it has some 30,000 people a year through its doors (figure unconfirmed) and I know it provides a very useful service for visitors to the town of whom there are a surprising number!

Re: Tourists Spent - 5947/10372
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 26th February 2008

Here is a related link.

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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