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Current service inappropriate for incoming business travellers - 8007/12969
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 15th April 2009

Martin has just left.    He's been here in Melksham, attending a course that I ran yesterday and today.

He left by car; that's the norm these days - but it wasn't always the case.  Back in 2004, 2005 and 2006, some 40% of our customers arrived in Melksham by train at the start of their course, and left  by train at the end - but these days, there's no 17:11 train for him to travel on - he would have had to wait a further 2 and a half hours.  And on the first morning, there is no 09:05 arrival - he would have had to be here 2.5 hours earlier (excpet that the earlier train is SO early it has no conncetions).

What a shame - a railway line, a person wanting to use the railway line, but no train at all at the right time.  And it doesn't only effect our business, it effects other businesses too.  People come to West Wiltshire from far and wide .... here's a map of (web) visitors to our site showing where in the UK they came from yesterday.

There is a case - a need - to provide a service to West Wilts towns including Melksham ... for the prosperity of Melksham and Wiltshire as a wider whole.

Here - and it has been validated is a link to what is needed for next year:
And if you want to say "yes, I like that idea",you can help it happen by adding your support at

Re: Current service inappropriate for incoming business travellers - 8007/12970
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 15th April 2009

It's probably a good job that Martin didn't wait for the 19:47  ...

[quote]19:32 Westbury to Cheltenham Spa due 21:27

This train has been revised.It will no longer call at: Melksham.This is due to a problem with line-side equipment.[/quote]

Re: Current service inappropriate for incoming business travellers - 8007/12978
Written by Sion Bretton on Thursday, 16th April 2009

yes it went via Bathampton.

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.

-- Graham Ellis, (webmaster), February 2021

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