Save the Melksham Train
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Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 30th June 2009

A brief update ... we've entered something of a 'behind the scenes' period;  the support pledge brought in nearly 700 names (over 750 if I also count those people who signed but didn't click on their confirmation email) ... and that accounts for a very lareg number of journeys per annum.

Rather than blow trumpets and bang drums, we've been working behind the scenes with all this support to back us up. 

A late May meeting had elements - but oh such tiny elements - of movement, but it was the first time we had all the major key players in a room together, and with TransWilts top of the agenda.

June brought the Wiltshire Unitary election, and later in the month a new portfolio holder looking after tourism, travel and transport; this will allow us to move onward now (at the May meeting, the Wilsthire representative was rightly saying 'I must refer on to whoever takes over from me')

And in July we should be meeting this new team.  I have to say that I'm optimistic that they'll be aligned with our aims, and I hope to be able to report positive initial meetings - and more in public - in the middle of the month

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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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