Save the Melksham Train
This is an archived page.
Please see [here] if you're looking for the current "Save the Train" home page.
Please see [here] for the TransWilts site.
Friday, 26th March 2010. Launch of TransWilts Community Rail Partnership. Bridge House, Trowbridge, from 19:30
An exciting new step forward to rejeuvenation of the line, its service and its use
BUSY, EXCELLENT MEETING ... see [here] for initial report
Train service remains dire - southbound from Swindon at 06:15 and 18:45, northbound from Westbury at 07:02 and 19:35. Please pledge your support if you would like to see an increase to six trains a day -
arriving Swindon at 07:48 08:53 11:50 14:50 17:36 and 20:19,
returning at 06:18 09:02 12:02 15:02 17:55 and 18:45.

Keynote for 2010

Forum archive ... Blog archive

Community Support / Community Rail Partnership?
Swindon - Chippenham - Melksham - Trowbridge - Westbury
Onward to Dilton Marsh, Warminster and Salisbury
Also onward to Frome.

This line links the five largest population centres in Wiltshire, and could provide a superior alternative (faster, greener, more convenient) that bus and bus / rail combinations. To be viable, this alternative service needs to run at the time people wish to travel, and be reliable.

Current service - just 2 trains per day (06:19 and 18:42 off Swindon). Proposals for the timetable from December 2007 show a service every 2 hours (1 gap of 3 hours) with trains appopriately timed to meet most of the identified traffic flows.

I have been in correspondence with First and the Department for Transport over this service; in recent letters from the DfT, the importance of community support and the possibility of Community Rail Designation has been raised. To explore local support I am asking EVERYONE (organisations and individuals) who would consider offering assistance in any way to come along to Well House Manor for a 19:30 meeting on Monday, 5th March. I already have a number of acceptances to hand.

I WILL attend the meeting on 5th March
I will not be able to attend on 5th March, but I would like to consider supporting the initiative. Please give my apologies, and send me an update after the meeting.
I do not wish to consider supporting the initiative.
Your Name
Organisation represented (if any)
Email address
Phone number
Postal Address
Please meet me off the 19:08 train and help arrange transport home afterwards.
I would like to stay in Melksham overnight

My contact details - Graham Ellis of "Save the Train".
Phone - 01225 708225
email -
Meeting venue - Well House Manor, or download a map

This site is hosted by Well House Consultants Ltd. (
Contact Information

Further Information:
 Current Summary
 Daily update
 User forum
 Service now
 Service future
 Future Analysis
 Recent Statistics
 Recent letters
 Letter to DfT
 Save the train
 Support us
 Other Maps
 Station facilities
 Station approach
 Trains diverted
 About Melksham
 Site Map
 About this site