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Train v car v bus (v train then bus) - 8030/13010
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 7th July 2009

Comparative Journey Times - Swindon to Melksham

In response to a request for a comparison today:

By car, the AA says 42 minutes, but it would be more like 55 to 60 minutes at the the peak due to traffic (source - my delegate who followed the AA route this morning)

By bus:  route 55 Swindon to Chippenham - 70 minutes + 10 minute wait + route 234 Chippenham to Melksham 20 minutes = 100 minutes
or: route 49 Swindon to Devizes - 48 minutes + 45 minute wait (hourly services / lousy connection) + 272 or 273 Devizes to Melksham 19 minutes = 112 minutes
Connection times are daytime ones

By train - 25 minutes (06:15 and 18:45 only)

By train to Chippenham (15 minutes) + 29 minutes wait + 20 minutes (234 bus) = 64 minutes
        - that is an evening journey I made last week; train every 30 minutes, bus left 1 minute BEFORE next train arrived.
        - for a daytime journey, you would have to walk across Chippenham as the bus goes from the bus station only, not the new interchange :-(

As a bar chart - one x per minute
car, off peak:
car, peak:
train and then bus:
bus [via Chippenham]
bus [via 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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