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Some towns are more equal than others - 7990/12936
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 2nd April 2009

Five West Wiltshire Towns served by First Great Western.

Warminster, Westbury, Trowbridge, Bradford-on-Avon ... have all had major station improvements and a bigwig opening part for them. Excellent news.

Melksham has had sone new signs ... and yesterday (1st April), we got a loo!

It's not all positive news at Melksham, though.  Three years yesterday, First Great Western took over a blossoming service ... since which they have withdrawn the majority of trains.  The information point no longer works.  And I expect that the toilet is temporary / there to look after staff who are working on the line, and not really provided for customers at all ...

Please support the call for more trains ... at [url][/url] . Thanks. [color=Red]The case is an excellent one, and made at links from that page[/color]

Re: Some towns are more equal than others - 7990/12939
Written by Sion Bretton on Friday, 3rd April 2009

New loo but the Infopoint not working.
Well thats progress.................

Re: Some towns are more equal than others - 7990/12959
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 11th April 2009

[quote author=Sion Bretton link=topic=7990.msg12939#msg12939 date=1238785478]
New loo but the Infopoint not working.
Well thats progress.................

April 10th ... loo gone.  Infopoint still not working.  No signs to say that trains were different for Good Friday (but they were)

The 06:30 was retimed to 11:36
The 07:17 was retimed to 10:30
The 19:11 ran ... at 19:11
and the 19:47 was at 17:37

Those are ... err ... not small changes!

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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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