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Sales and marketing - missed opportunity - 825/2383
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 13th December 2006

I've noted:

1. No timetable posters at Trowbridge to show Melksham / Chippenham / Swindon trains

2. No timetable posters at Trowbridge to show Yeovil / Weymouth trains

3. The 06:19 and 18:42 from Swindon to Chippenham not shown in the main timetable.

4. The timetable sheet displayed at Melksham, and the equivalent in the timetable book, do not show connections to Bath, Bristol and Filton Abbey Wood even though those are three of the most commonly made journeys.

I have dropped a note to First, suggesting that they could gain more customers for these services and travel possibilities if they advertised them within material they're producing anyway. I await a reply

Re: Sales and marketing - missed opportunity - 825/2442
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Friday, 15th December 2006

Just back from TROWBRIDGE, where I dropped off my customers ... destination Bangor, North Wales; no suitable service available this week from Melksham.

Re: Sales and marketing - missed opportunity - 825/2448
Written by streety7 on Friday, 15th December 2006

I'm stumped that they don't have adequate timetable information...

Now that the Melksham services come to/from Cheltenham, I wonder if there will be any information posters at Cheltenham on train times to Chippenham, Melksham, Trowbridge or Westbury? I will look on Monday when I'm catching the 16:02 from Cheltenham to work again, hopefully this time it won't be cancelled...

With regards to Melksham services on the information board at Melksham station perhaps I should have a go at this one

Re: Sales and marketing - missed opportunity - 825/2449
Written by Graz on Friday, 15th December 2006

There used to actually be times for Melksham posted on the timetable boards at Cheltenham Spa, but that WAS when Wessex trains were running the station!

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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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