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May timetable changes - 6638/11150
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 29th March 2008

As from 19th May, the first southbound tarin will run EVEN EARLIER - it will depart Swindon at 06:15, call at Melksham at 06:40 and arrive in Westbury at 06:57.  The second and final southbound train remains at 18:45 from Swindon, and gets to Westbury at 19:35.

Regrettable there are [color=Navy]no extra services[/color] and as such the service level remains totally inappropriate for the corridor - the service should run at least once every 2 hours.

There is one good element to the change in timings.  The old 06:18 from Swindon / 07:02 at Westbury was TOO EARLY from Swindon to provide a London connection, and TOO LATE at Westbury to give a reliable connection into the London train - in other words, it used to be the worst of both worlds.  [color=Maroon]However, we now have an excellent London Connection at Westbury:[/color]

Melksham 06:40
Trowbridge 06:50
Westbury arrive 06:57
Westbury depart 07:05
London Paddington arrive 08:39

The return train from London at 17:45, change at Swindon, gives a Melksham arrival home at 19:11, and a Trowbridge arrival at 19:21 - that's a restored opportunity for a 9 to 5 day in the capital.  [color=Maroon]One Cheer for First Great Western ... they can have three cheers more (and a LOT of support) if they put an appropriate service or something approaching it back between the first and [s]second[/s] last services[/color]

Please visit our pledge page if you would like to pledge your support for our campaign for an appopriate service, using draft timetables already prepared by First Great Westren and validated by Network Rail.

Re: May timetable changes - 6638/11238
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 1st April 2008

Wiltshire Times article on the pledge campaign and support from the Melksham Chamber of Commerce  (link below.)

Re: May timetable changes - 6638/11239
Written by Sion Bretton on Tuesday, 1st April 2008

They have printed the wrong link

Re: May timetable changes - 6638/11240
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 1st April 2008

[quote author=Sion Bretton link=topic=6638.msg11239#msg11239 date=1207052206]
They have printed the wrong link

I have e-mailed the author regarding this.

Re: May timetable changes - 6638/11245
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 2nd April 2008

[quote author=Lee link=topic=6638.msg11240#msg11240 date=1207056895]
[quote author=Sion Bretton link=topic=6638.msg11239#msg11239 date=1207052206]
They have printed the wrong link

I have e-mailed the author regarding this.

As the error was within the page name (not within the the domain name), thus under our control, I have added a "rewrite" to the web site so that it fixes the link.

link to index of articles

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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