Save the Melksham Train
Archived Save the Train forum articles - 2005 to 2010. See below
Clitheroe - 8010/12973
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 15th April 2009

Well, judging by some of the posts I've read today, I reckon forum members could do with a short break from the TransWilts. Therefore, I'm going to take you to the Ribble Valley, or the town of Clitheroe, to be precise.

Some interesting Clitheroe-related facts:

- Clitheroe has a population of 22,000

- It lies on the southern edge of the Forest of Bowland and is often used as a base for tourists in the area.

- It has a significant industrial heritage, with several such companies each employing hundreds of people.

- Clitheroe has many small independent shops, as well as some smaller branches of chain stores, and numerous banks and building societies. It also has a number of supermarkets, and future retail developments include a controversial new Homebase store.

- Clitheroe lies in the safe Conservative seat of Ribble Valley, but the town of Clitheroe itself has elected at least 8 out of the 10 Liberal Democrat councillors to Ribble Valley Borough Council, while Clitheroe Town Council is Liberal Democrat controlled.

- Clitheroe station closed in 1962, and re-opened in 1994.

- There is an hourly service daily from Clitheroe to Blackburn and Manchester Victoria with extra trains during peak hours.

- Northern Rail is to run a 6.40am service, from Clitheroe to Manchester Victoria, from May, after lobbying from the Clitheroe Community Rail Partnership. The new service, which will run over half an hour before any other train from the town into Manchester, is being hailed as a

Re: Clitheroe - 8010/12974
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 16th April 2009

Lee - that reads like a beacon of light ... a demonstration of what can be done.  I can see similarities between Clitheroe and - err - Melksham in terms of the town / area / potential. 

Are there any catches I should be aware of when making a comparison / what's so different that it causes what appears to be dramatically different fortune?    For example - where to the trains go 'beyond' Clitheroe; has this been achieved by adding stops into a regular intercity service of the sort?

Re: Clitheroe - 8010/12976
Written by Lee on Thursday, 16th April 2009

Passenger services normally only run as far as Clitheroe, but the line continues through north Lancashire towards the Yorkshire town of Hellifield, where it joins the Settle

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

This site is hosted by Well House Consultants Ltd. (
Contact Information

Further Information:
 Current Summary
 Daily update
 User forum
 Service now
 Service future
 Future Analysis
 Recent Statistics
 Recent letters
 Letter to DfT
 Save the train
 Support us
 Other Maps
 Station facilities
 Station approach
 Trains diverted
 About Melksham
 Site Map
 About this site