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Question to Wiltshire County Council - 7589/12289
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 14th May 2008

Yesterday, Wiltshire Country Councl met in full, and the local agreement for Wiltshire and the sustainable aspect associated with it were on the agenda, so I took the opportunity to ask a question.  Here is the official transcript:

13 MAY 2008



The local agreement for Wiltshire (section 4.6, page 12) reads

Improve journey time reliability on strategic transport routes in Wiltshire Places and people: Wiltshire wide along strategic transport routes (A350), supporting businesses and commuters"

Can the Council please confirm that they are taking into account not only road but also rail travel, and specifically that they will be taking whatever measures are needed to ensure that the currently proposed train service improvements along this route (an increase for 2 trains a day at an interval of 12 hours, to 6 trains a day at a maximum interval of three hours), including the use of LABGI or other funding as necessary to ensure that the service proposals go ahead.

(Background to the question is copied overleaf)


The County Council is in general agreement with your views about the benefits of an improved train service via the

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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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