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Monday to Friday trains times from and to Melksham until May 2009 - 7943/12845
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 10th January 2009

In answer to the very silly situation that the ONLY printed timetable available for the transWilts is in the back of the 150 page timetable E, and even THAT one volume doesn't easily show many common journeys, I have produced the following. Monday to Friday ONLY at the moment - and THAT was enough of a job!

Re: Monday to Friday trains times from and to Melksham until May 2009 - 7943/12846
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 11th January 2009

Diagram for routes to / from Melksham.

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Line in Red - TransWilts trains both ways.
Dashed Red line - southbound TransWilts trains only (change at Westbury Northbound)

Other stations on route:

For Newport, take Cardiff service - arrives 10 minutes earlier
For Andover, Basignstoke and Woking use the Waterloo service
For Romsey, use the Southampton service

Other destinations:

Gloucester and Cheltenham - remain on train at Swindon (through service from Melksham)
Fareham, Portsmouth and Bournemouth - via Southampton
Midlands and North West - via Bristol, Cheltenham or Oxford
North East and East Anglia - via London
South Wales - via Cardiff
South West - via Taunton

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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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