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Wiltshire Council - Hustings on Transport - 22nd April 2009 - 7975/12903
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 15th March 2009

On 22nd April (7 p.m., Bridge House, Trowbridge - that's near the station), candidates for the Wiltshire Unitary Election will be putting their positions and answering questions on public transport in Wiltshire.

The meeting is being organised by the West Wilts Rail Users Group but is a PUBLIC meeting and all are welcome.  There will be speakers from all the major parties (including the current cabinet member responsible for transport and tourism, I understand) and some independents too.  This is a good opportunity to show your support.

Train connections are available from and to Salisbury, Warminster, Dilton Marsh, Westbury, Bradford-on-Avon and Avoncliff. Return rail travel to Bedwyn and Pewsey is not available. From Chippenham, you can travel via Bath.  No practical train service for this meeting from Melksham (but the 234 bus is available, and the meeting is being held 2 weeks before the 237 service is withdrawn)

Re: Wiltshire Council - Hustings on Transport - 22nd April 2009 - 7975/12926
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Friday, 27th March 2009

Here's the text from WWRUG which describes the meeting ...

West Wiltshire Rail Users Group
Public Meeting - all welcome
Wednesday 22nd April 2009, 7.00pm for  7.30pm
@ Bridge House, Stallard Street, Trowbridge (entry by side door left)


Can it be done successfully by the new unitary Wiltshire Council?
Prospective Wiltshire Councillors say how and field your questions....
                    Conservative - Miss Fleur de Rhe Philipe
                    Green - Ellie Crouch
                    Labour - Sean Semple
                    Liberal Democrat - Jeff Osborn

  Trains                Rail Freight          Cycleways        Incentives
  Buses                Congestion            Footpaths        Sunday Services
  Bicycles              A36/350 Corridor  Tourism          Partnerships 
  Walkers              Transport Hubs        Environment    Social Inclusion
  Accessibility        Investment            Car Parks        Integrated Services

  W.C. Documents: Local Transport Plans / Sustainable Appraisal-Local Development Framework / Slogan..  - WHERE EVERYBODY MATTERS

1836      Avoncliff Halt                  2152
1840  1847  Bradford  on Avon            2150
1911      Melksham            no return trains

1908  Westbury              2136            2201
-    Dilton Marsh              2204
1901  Warminster        2208

Further Details: 01985 214397
Free Admission

(Please excuse the poor reformatting which you can blame me for!)

Re: Wiltshire Council - Hustings on Transport - 22nd April 2009 - 7975/12991
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 25th April 2009

Wednesday evening ... and the "Hustings" meeting of the West Wilts Rail Users Group at which a representative of four political parties (Conservative, Green, Labour and Lib-Dem) each spoke on "Sustainable public transport - a reallity for Wiltshire" for ten minutes, then the panel took questions on the topic.

I have to confess to a degree of disappointment.

Re: Wiltshire Council - Hustings on Transport - 22nd April 2009 - 7975/13007
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 6th July 2009

I'm posting this follow up a little belatedly - my apologies to Anne that it stock in my mailbox for longer than it oughta!

Dear Graham,

Just been on line and seen the following piece on your website :

" But Wiltshire Council doesn't trust the railway industry ("We lost a lot of money when we did all the background work for Corsham Station and the key contractor then trippled their plice" said Fleur de Rhe-Philipe of Wilsthire Council the other evening)".

Perhaps you had left, but when I had the opportunity to speak I corrected Fleur's assertion and she did not respond!  Over the years the costs kept doubling, certainly, but that is always the way within the rail industry.  In fact, at the time the price escalated, WCC contacted John Laing Rail and their tender halved 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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