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TransWilts - Nearly Every Seat Taken - past and future - 8066/13067
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 31st December 2009

Looking for a snowy picture to post up to say "Happy New Year", I came across this picture that I took on the train early in my campaigning days. It's labelled - "this is what the Saturday train user to be like" and is a reminder that when we had a train between 5 and 6 p.m. from Swindon to West Wilts, 2 cars, it was very well used. 

Rail travel has grown dramatically even in the few years since I took that picture so just imagine how more busy a more appropriate TransWilts service would be today.  I enter the new decade in hope - hope that the penny is now staring to drop where previously there was lip service at best, and actions that contradicted positive words at worst.  And I look forward, once again, to travelling in a TransWilts trains that's "nesting" - Nearly Every Seat Taken.

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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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