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Wiltshire and Swindon History centre, Chippenham - 8024/13001
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 18th May 2009
Now that it's been running and established a while, I visited the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre's web site, and their "how to find us" page.
a) detailed instructions from five directions by car
b) Trains -
[quote]Chippenham railway station is operated by First Great Western (see First Great Western). It is on the main line from London Paddington to the West Country. Please contact train operators for details of services.[/quote]
Which isn't quite accurate and ignores the TransWilts (they are probably right to ignore the TransWilts as a commute from Salisbury up to Chippenham would involve an arrival at 07:30 and a return at 19:00 - to an 09:30 to 17:30 facility - but it's practical on a Saturday)
c) Bus -
[quote]Bus services from Calne, Devizes, Swindon, Bath, and Trowbridge, amongst other places, are available to Chippenham.
The easiest option may be to take a bus to Chippenham railway station and then get a taxi or walk. If you choose to walk, it will take about 10 minutes. [/quote]
No mention there of Salisbury, Melksham, Warminster (all of which the centre covers, and are larger than Calne or Devizes).
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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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