Save the Melksham Train
Archived Save the Train forum articles - 2005 to 2010. See below
Call To Protect And Re-open Disused Rail Lines - 2123/5009
Written by Lee on Thursday, 26th April 2007

Chris Grayling & Transport 2000 have joined forces to highlight this issue (link below.)

Stephen Joseph , Director of Transport 2000 said:

Re: Call To Protect And Re-open Disused Rail Lines - 2123/5013
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 26th April 2007

Here are some pictures I took of one of thoise lines just a couple of hours ago - a new passenger service on this line would bring back trains to a town with a population of over 41,000 that's not got any major (dual carriageway style) roads in or out at all.

Re: Call To Protect And Re-open Disused Rail Lines - 2123/5018
Written by Lee on Friday, 27th April 2007

On a similiar note , I think that Swanbourne station was an excellent choice of location for the joint Conservative / Transport 2000 announcement. See link below.

Re: Call To Protect And Re-open Disused Rail Lines - 2123/5028
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 28th April 2007

Following up my earlier disused railway pictures, here is the current public transport offering ... the colours look familiar as the bus climbs up hills, down dales, and through suburban and village streets.

Re: Call To Protect And Re-open Disused Rail Lines - 2123/5051
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 1st May 2007

The Conservatives want a two-year moratorium on sales ,

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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.

-- Graham Ellis, (webmaster), February 2021

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