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The Tarka Line - Exeter - Barnstaple - 639/1924
Written by Lee on Monday, 13th November 2006

Did you know that there has been a rail link with Barnstaple for over 150 years? Here is an interesting archive link.

Re: The Tarka Line - Exeter - Barnstaple - 639/1927
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 13th November 2006

No, I didn't .... but I'm not surprised.  Passenger trains first called at Melksham in 1847 - so we should be able to celebrate 160 years next year.  Perhaps it's worth looking for some special event to drum up support - does anyone have an accurate opening date?

Re: The Tarka Line - Exeter - Barnstaple - 639/1970
Written by Lee on Friday, 17th November 2006

[quote author=Graham Ellis link=topic=639.msg1927#msg1927 date=1163445144]No, I didn't .... but I'm not surprised.

Re: The Tarka Line - Exeter - Barnstaple - 639/2006
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 21st November 2006

It looks like the wikipedia entry is wrong - that's probably the correct opening date for Staverton [halt] and also for Beanacre, but Melksham was certainly in the late 1840s.

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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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