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Effect of train cuts on a Melksham business - 202/494
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 4th April 2006
The effect of proposed train cuts on passengers travelling to our Well House Consultants courses in Melksham. Some 40% of our delegates currently arrive by train from all over the country - commonly travelling via London's Paddington station which I've used in this example.
Current travel plan at the start of a course:
Alternative possibilities if the train arriving at 09:12 is withdrawn
Bath Spa 07:17
Bath Bus Station 07:40
The AA's routefinder site gives a journey time of 2 hours 22 minutes for this journey. For an 09:15 arrival in Melksham, that would be a departure from London at 06:53.
Our customer's journeys don't actually start / end at Paddington - they have onward journeys and typically live in the London suburbs. By driving to Melksham if they can, they will save themselves significant time and
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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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