Currently there are just two direct trains a day from Westbury, Trowbridge and Melksham to Chippenham and Swindon. And no direct trains at all from Salibury and Warminster to the same destinations.
Melksham - a town of around 23000 - has just 2 trains each way daily and through travellers have to use the bus or dogleg via Bath. It wasn't always like this - until December 2006, the line was growing at up to 35% per annum (official figure) but never the less the majority of services were cut by First Great Western at that date, based on their new franchise which was based on very old figures and instructed them to make reductions all over the West.
It is now accepted that this particular specification cut was one too many, and the parties acknowledge this. An appropriate service would provide a true peak hour commuter service from Salisbury and West Wiltshire to Chippenham and Swindon, and a service through the day. As a step towards this goal, First Great Western, Network Rail, Wiltshire Council and others have all invested time and effort, into the following practical timetable. But the extra four trains (which are excellently timed) CAN BE RUN only if the parties involved get sufficient support.
||Monday to Friday - LOST 2009 proposal - Southbound|
|Monday to Friday - LOST 2009 proposal - Northbound|
w - change at Westbury|
Other advantages of this plan * 2 extra trains provided to/from Frome
, reducing the current 3 hour gaps. * Extra trains from Salisbury to Trowbridge
, reducing overcrowding of services from Salisbury * Reduction of overcrowding between Trowbridge and Bath
with Chippenham and Swindon passengers using direct services.
How can YOU help make this happen for May 2009?
If you support the improvement shown on this page ...
http://www.mrdg.org.uk - Melksham Railway Development Group
http://www.firstgreatwestern.info - First Great Western Coffee Shop
http://www.savethetrain.org.uk - Save The Train
By post - 404 The Spa, Melksham. 01225 708225.
Contact - Graham Ellis. Email - firstname.lastname@example.org.
30th November 2008