|Archived Save the Train forum articles - 2005 to 2010. See below
Sign at the Station - 75/159
Written by Sion Bretton on Monday, 5th December 2005
When will the sign be change to Wessex Trains branding?
You can not read it. The seats look like they have had been painted.
Re: Sign at the Station - 75/160
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 6th December 2005
Now that the franchise is ending, Wessex trains are spending money from what I believe is called a "dereliction budget" to restore the station so that everything is in - at least - as good a condition as it was when they took it over. That is said to include replacement of the "Melksham" sign that's faded out and the suppy of a second one to replace the one that disappeared.
Re: Sign at the Station - 75/215
Written by Sion Bretton on Monday, 2nd January 2006
Good to see a new Station Sign :D
Re: Sign at the Station - 75/216
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 2nd January 2006
Oh - excellent .... I'm out of the country at the moment but glad to hear it (or they - there were supposed to be two!) have been put up.
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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.
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