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More traffic on the A350? - 628/1888
Written by Nick Field on Friday, 10th November 2006

A distribution centre is planned close to the Semington bypass, and would complete a link road to Bowerhill:

Re: More traffic on the A350? - 628/1903
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Friday, 10th November 2006

Indeed .... and the new link road to Bowerhill will be most welcome.

Melksham is a rapidly growing town - it's risen from around 18,000 to around 24,000 (population) since we moved here about six years ago; there's some local employment, but many people who live in the town work in Swindon, Chippenham and Trowbridge, all of which have also grown heavily.

Re: More traffic on the A350? - 628/1906
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 11th November 2006

Ironically, there are roadworks that have just started - and last until just before Christmas - in the narrow section of the A350 in Melksham. I drove up to Chippenham last night and even at 19:45 traffic was queuing all the way back from McDonald's to the far end of Beanacre - that's for several miles.    I'm guessing everyone in that jam was being delayed by between 20 and 30 minutes.  And, yes, it included a 234 bus. For my return trip, I chose another route.

Re: More traffic on the A350? - 628/1911
Written by mark-scott on Saturday, 11th November 2006

The roadworks are Knocking the 234 service for 6 at the moment, last night I was in Beckington at 5:45 when the bus should have picked up at 5:20.  The driver said it was like it all day.  Not to mention that the A350 was closed at Stoney gutter due to an accident.....

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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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