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Go! Cooperative Launch - Swindon - 8120/13159
Written by Lee on Thursday, 15th April 2010

Go! Cooperative aim to be running services from Yeovil Junction to the Midlands via Yeovil Pen Mill, Frome, Westbury, Trowbridge, Melksham, Chippenham, Swindon and Oxford from 2011 -

They will be holding a launch event at Express by Holiday Inn, Swindon City Centre from 1000-1200 on 21st April 2010

Re: Go! Cooperative Launch - Swindon - 8120/13162
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 19th April 2010

There will be folks from the new Community Rail setup going along to both meetings ... but "the more the merrier", I think.

Re: Go! Cooperative Launch - Swindon - 8120/13169
Written by Lee on Thursday, 22nd April 2010

Report from Chris Hankin, who attended on behalf of the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership:

[quote="Chris Hankin"]Meeting was in Swindon, at the Express by Holiday Inn - handy for the railway station, but signage for the event was a bit lacking, within the hotel (which is like a maze). Unfortunately, several people attending by train were also delayed by signalling problems, so the start of the meeting was deferred by a few minutes, and then more late arrivals trickled in throughout the presentation. By the conclusion of the meeting, I counted 20 guests present. Also unfortunately, my 'just there, in plain clothes, observing' cover was blown, right from the outset, as Chris Phillimore recognised me, made a point of welcoming me personally and thanked me for taking the trouble to attend! (Fair play to him, though: he'd only met me once, at TravelWatch SouthWest, over a year ago!)

Re: Go! Cooperative Launch - Swindon - 8120/13186
Written by Lee on Friday, 7th May 2010

From This Is Wiltshire:

[quote="This Is Wiltshire"]All systems Go for Melksham

Train services from Melksham could be drastically improved next year if a rail co-operative is successful in its bid to launch a direct service between the town and Oxford.

The Go! Co-operative wants to operate a service between Yeovil and Oxford, which would call at Melksham, as well as Trowbridge, Westbury and Chippenham.

If the project goes ahead, it would increase the number of trains passing through Melksham station, which at the moment amounts to just two a day.

The news follows Network Rail

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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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