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Draft Monday to Friday timetable from December 2006 - 151/364
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 14th February 2006
The Draft timetables (Monday to Friday) for the Great Western Franchise from December 2006 have been published on the First Great Western web site.
It is proposed that trains will leave Melksham on Mondays to Fridays as follows:
06:46 to Westbury
07:37 to Cheltenham Spa via Swindon
18:38 to Westbury
19:28 to Swindon
06:46 from Gloucester via Swindon
07:37 from Westbury
18:38 from Cheltenham Spa via Swindon
19:28 from Westbury
See here for detailed timings between Swindon and Westbury.
I will follow up with connection information, and personal thoughts, in the next day or two.
Re: Draft Monday to Friday timetable from December 2006 - 151/368
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 15th February 2006
The .pdf files of the draft timetables I mention on the FGW site have been withdrawn from there ("for the moment"?) although the headlines for each area remain. There were certainly some typos / issues / oddballs in there, so perhaps they're being corrected.
In the meantime, I've reproduced the full Swindon to Westbury timetable on a single regular page on this site, and put up all the connections on another forum page.
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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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