Save the Melksham Train
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So close, yet so far - 7194/11836
Written by Nick on Thursday, 24th April 2008

We're just 12 signatures away from a full seems to have stabilised at this number, it's not going any further...

Re: So close, yet so far - 7194/11844
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 24th April 2008

I don't recall setting a 300 target  ;)

Seriously, there's always a danger of being driven by numbers.  I am much more concerned at having good quality support that understands the cause that just lots of names. Have you noticed that three quarters of the people who have signed live in Wiltshire, with most of the rest in nearby counties?  And there are some other impressive stats along these lines which I'll be correlating at the weekend.

Re: So close, yet so far - 7194/11897
Written by Nick on Friday, 25th April 2008

How many are going to be regular users?

Re: So close, yet so far - 7194/11917
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 26th April 2008

In answer to the multiple choice question "Do you travel in or through Wiltshire" we have registered the following answers thus far:

139 - Most days
65 - Most weeks
74 - from time to time
46 - only occasionally
4 - Rather not say
2 - never

The question was not worded to ask whether people use the "TransWilts" because the current service is so poor that it's useless to all but a tiny minority who happen to want to travel at the times it runs. And it did not ask "would you use" as we preferred to look at current habits rather than what people think they might do.

You will note that the numbers add up to rather more than current signatories; that is because I have included signups that have not yet been confirmed by email response in the statistic above.

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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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