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Evening train - more passengers - 61/131
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 30th November 2005
Yes, it's the least used service of the day ... but reports of just one or two passengers per night seem to be out of date as there werre, I'm told, six people on the train last night on the very last Swindon to Westbury.
So does the train justify itself at that level?
It depends how you do your sums. I know what the traffic level was because a visitor to us today travelled from Edinburgh to Melksham by train. The income to the railway industry? Perhaps 50 to 100 pounds (perhaps more as I'm not going to be rude and ask him how much his ticket cost). Cut the service, and I suspect he would have driven ... ALL THE WAY ...
Oh - and he'll be returning North tomorrow, starting off on one of the services that's threatened because of low use.
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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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