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New signage here too, please! - 6117/10505
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 2nd March 2008

Congratulation to First on new welcoming signage at Bradford-on-Avon station

Now - please can we have something similar for Melksham?  (And some more trains to being people in to see the sign would be nice too!)

Re: New signage here too, please! - 6117/10668
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 9th March 2008

[color=Green]Thank You![/color]

We have a new sign - from the train as you get out, you see

and when you've gone out of the station gate and round into the car park (assuming you're parked there), you see

I'm surprised at the decision to have a sign indicating the exit from the car park towards the town and facilities, rather than having one on the platform - my personal thought is that would have been more appropriate to have the sign the other way around, but perhaps there's a good reason or a legal requirement for it to be done as it is.

Re: New signage here too, please! - 6117/10669
Written by Industry Insider on Sunday, 9th March 2008

Perhaps FGW are trying to discourage potential passengers from going onto the platform as it's unlikely a train will stop there within about 10 hours!  ;)

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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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