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Train Patron Survey! - 1246/3558
Written by WyvusArconius on Monday, 29th January 2007

I'm back!

Right, despite conflicting drains on my time and my finances, I have begun to survey services between Chippenham and Westbury. The services I have travelled on are as follows:

Thursday 25th - 18:59 Chippenham to Westbury

Thursday 25th - 19:35 Westbury to Chippenham

Sunday 28th - 21:25 Westbury to Chippenham

I will post results up at the end as a "bulk job", but from what I have seen so far the effects of the bad timetable are all too apparent. Melksham is certainly a quiet stop. I am aiming to survey ALL 4 services tomorrow (Tuesday 30th). I will also do the 20:15 Next Sunday. Other journeys inbetween may be surveyed too, so dont be suprised if you see me pacing up and down the train, notebook in hand.
Should anyone like to know more, or offer to help count on other services, please feel free to email me...


Re: Train Patron Survey! - 1246/3560
Written by Lee on Monday, 29th January 2007

Excellent stuff , Daniel. Many thanks.

Re: Train Patron Survey! - 1246/3607
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 30th January 2007

Ah ... my spies tell me they were counted on this evening, Daniel.    I made it 19 from Chippenham to Melksham, 10 off and one on, so 10 people on train down to Trowbridge.

Re: Train Patron Survey! - 1246/3608
Written by WyvusArconius on Tuesday, 30th January 2007

Did you count me in that? I dont count myself, on the grounds that I am the "surveyor". So I make it the same figures minus one. That service was well populated, which is good. My thursday evening surveys last week painted a much quieter picture. This morning's services were quiet down, busy back. I have one, possibly two more services I plan to "count" on, and then I shall compile it all into a summarising report to be sent to those who want it. I will also ask FGW if it is of interest to them.


Re: Train Patron Survey! - 1246/3609
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 31st January 2007

As an independent person counting people using the train service, yes I did (and I believe correctly) count you; I hadn't read up the detail that you would be there and didn't go to the station because you would be on the train.

Re: Train Patron Survey! - 1246/3902
Written by Sion Bretton on Tuesday, 13th February 2007

Look at figures see below:;topicseen#msg3891

link to index of articles

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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