Save the Melksham Train
Archived Save the Train forum articles - 2005 to 2010. See below
Written by WyvusArconius on Tuesday, 8th April 2008

There are 106 guests online right now... more than I have ever seen!! If you all signed up now to support a Better transwilts service we could nearly double our signitories so far! So put your name next to a better service for Wiltshire!!!!

Re: GUESTS!!! PLEASE SIGN THE PLEDGE!!! - 6821/11551
Written by WyvusArconius on Monday, 14th April 2008

Another 30 Guests online tonight!! Please sign up to support an improved service!!

Re: GUESTS!!! PLEASE SIGN THE PLEDGE!!! - 6821/11558
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 14th April 2008

Just a word of caution ... of the 39 guests around at present, about three quarters are "crawlers" - things like yahoo and google indexing the site; such crawlers can make up to 90% of the traffic on some sites, but we're typically far better than that.  It's because of such programs that we have the "sign up" page followed by the "please validate" email - and that's how we can be reassured that our signatories are genuine, and (looking at the stats) over 90% live in Wiltshire of nearby counties.

What of the remaining 10%?  Well - I've just picked up someone from Melksham station; lives in Devon whihc is not a nearby county, but still travels onthe TransWilts!

Re: GUESTS!!! PLEASE SIGN THE PLEDGE!!! - 6821/11561
Written by WyvusArconius on Monday, 14th April 2008

Fair enough. I shall bear it in mind.  :)

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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