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Disjoint. Disjoint. Disjoint. - 8011/12979
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 16th April 2009

I went up to Swindon for an evening meeting tonight ... 7 for 7:30, finished by 8:45.  "It's 25 minutes by train from Melksham to Swindon" so that should have been easy.  Bit look at the timetable - I ended up railheading via Chippenham - very disjointed.

At Chippenham station, I looked at the departure sheets listing destinations near and far.  Our new Unitary council is very fond of talking about "Salisbury, Trowbridge and Chippenham", so why is it that the departure boards at Chippenham don't show services from there to Trowbridge or Salisbury, even though direct trains leave at 06:30 and 19:01.  Looks like the FGW hand doesn't know what the WC hand is doing!

Another meeting to be arranged ... four people from four different locations.  And a p.a. this afternoon trying to sort it out.  "I can provide a venue in Melksham".  "No - that's impractical" says the organiser. And - yes - it's a rail meeting!

You would think that heads could be gotten together to provide a practical, intergrated public transport solution, wouldn't you?  Watch this space; there are some of us getting rather tired of the same loop of "please be patient" every year.  Yes, we're patient in a practical way, but we don't want to pass away of old age while we're being patient! [color=Teal]Let's cut out the disjoint. This should be the year of joined up thinking; it won't take much[/color]

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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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