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Melksham showing on the map by FGW - 8002/12960
Written by Sion Bretton on Sunday, 12th April 2009

Thanks FGW for putting Melksham on the Map.

Re: Melksham showing on the map by FGW - 8002/12961
Written by Lee on Monday, 13th April 2009

Maps can be funny things sometimes.

Take this one, from the Network Rail Great Western Route Utilisation Strategy Baseline Information, for example (link below.),%20somerset%20&%20south%20gloucestershire%20portrait.pdf

Melksham is shown as being on an "FGW Peak only" line, despite the fact that our few trains dont really run in the "peak"...

Re: Melksham showing on the map by FGW - 8002/12962
Written by Sion Bretton on Monday, 13th April 2009

Interesting that on the map on your link both Chippenham & Swindon are not on the map.
Are these two Towns in Wiltshire?

Re: Melksham showing on the map by FGW - 8002/12964
Written by Lee on Monday, 13th April 2009

Chippenham is definately part of Wiltshire.

Swindon borough became a unitary authority on 1 April 1998, and is therefore no longer under the auspices of Wiltshire Council. However, it is considered to be part of Wiltshire in ceremonial terms.

Both do feature on the Network Rail RUS map, but have direction arrows pointing to them, rather than being displayed as station stops. Salisbury is displayed on the map in the same manner.

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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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