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More detailed report - 6221/10640
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 8th March 2008

I've just completed a 7 page report on the TransWilts options which are currently practical - the "open doors" that can be pushed on for service from this coming December.  See here as a .pdf and here for the html option

Please feel free to circulate the URLs and copies of the report, to write to the named decision makers (and other) to tell them your own thoughts on options, and feel free to ask me questions on what's there too.

Re: More detailed report - 6221/11390
Written by Nick on Tuesday, 8th April 2008

When was that photo taken where Melksham station was completely crowded? How come there was such a surge of passengers there?

Re: More detailed report - 6221/11413
Written by Industry Insider on Wednesday, 9th April 2008

Judging from the number of passengers and the general 'look' of them, I would guess it was a Saturday morning train with folk heading towards the shops on the 09:18 to Swindon.

This is currently the ONLY sensible option for shoppers by train on ANY day of the week in EITHER direction from Melksham - so no wonder quite a crowd had built up on the day in question!

Re: More detailed report - 6221/11417
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 9th April 2008

Indeed, that's a Saturday picture.  In that particular case it was an early December, and it had become known that Santa Claus was going to be on the return service. Shows what a tiny bit of publicity can do!

The Saturday morning train has, though, failed to run more often that not in the last four months - replaced by a bus due to engineering works on the Westbury to Swindon section, or on the Swindon to Gloucester line. As the train carries on from Swindon to Gloucester on a Saturday morning, it's operationally much more convenient for it to be simply left at Westbury when it can't complete the route than to do half the run,

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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.

-- Graham Ellis, (webmaster), February 2021

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