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Comparison - Upwey v Melksham - Station facilities - 6932/11533
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 13th April 2008

Not sure if this exactly the right board for this as it's a "station comparison" ...

From time to time, I compare station services and facilities in our own area with those elsewhere in the country - doing a sanity check to ensure that what we're asking for id fair and reasonable, given our population.  Lee has posted some pictures up on the "raildocuments" site from Upwy, near Weymouth, taken over the last few days.

From the first two, I notice Safety lines on the platform, some sort of ticket machine, a screen which gives information about trains that are expected, and a help point which (I suspect) reaches a real human being.  All of these are missing from Melksham.

There's a wide variety of services advertised too, though a for one of those destinations at least you would now have to change.

Wikipedia tells me that the population of Upwey (when combined with neighbouring Broadwey) was 4349 at the 2001 census - so I suppose the comparison with Melksham is actually quite a poor one as Melksham's population is four to five times that. But then wouldn't you think that Melksham would have far better facilities and services than Upwey, and not far worse?

Link to Lee's picture Index for Upwey

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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