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Vintage Bus Rides From Warminster (12/10/2008) - 7930/12793
Written by Lee on Monday, 6th October 2008

Nearly 20 classic buses and coaches will be running from Warminster to the surrounding villages and nearby cities such as Bath, Bristol and Salisbury on Sunday (link below.)

All services, which include journeys to Westbury, Trowbridge and other towns in west Wiltshire, will depart from the coach station in the central car park, off Station Road.

All bus services will be operating free of charge and refreshments will be served from the Red Cross Hall on the corner of Station Road.

Re: Vintage Bus Rides From Warminster (12/10/2008) - 7930/12794
Written by James on Thursday, 9th October 2008

The website for the running day is:

Please however do NOT forget that the railway line in the Bath area is CLOSED on Sunday.

Re: Vintage Bus Rides From Warminster (12/10/2008) - 7930/12800
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 11th October 2008

A picture from a previous Vintage Bus Day - this one pictured (as I recall) at Horningsham

Re: Vintage Bus Rides From Warminster (12/10/2008) - 7930/12807
Written by James on Tuesday, 14th October 2008

It seemed as though it was a good day - it seemed to be enjoyed by all who I saw anyway - with as usual very nice weather.....

Re: Vintage Bus Rides From Warminster (12/10/2008) - 7930/12808
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 14th October 2008

Wiltshire Times article link.

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.

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