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An update on commuter services to Swindon from December 2006 - 427/1261
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 23rd August 2006
My reading of bus and train timings for commuters from Frome / Westbury / Trowbridge / Melksham in to Swindon from December is as follows:
From and to Frome
06.47, change at Westbury, arrive Swindon at 07:50
07:05, change at Bath, arrive Swindon at 08:40
17:26 from Swindon, change at Bath arrive at 18:51
18:42 from Swindon, change at Westbury, arrive at 19:54
From and to Westbury and Trowbridge
07:02 from Westbury and 07:08 from Trowbridge, direct to Swindon at 07:50
07:31 from Westbury and 07:38 from Trowbridge, change at Bath, arrive at Swindon at 08:40
17:26 from Swindon, change at Bath, arrive at Trowbridge at 18:27 and Westbury at 18:34
18:00 from Swindon, change at Bath (4 mins), arrive at Trowbridge at 18:50 and Westbury at 18:59
18:42 from Swindon, direct to Trowbridge at 19:17 and Westbury at 19:24
From and to Melksham
07:17, direct to Swindon at 07:50
07:22 from Melksham Market Place, change at Chippenham, to Swindon at 08:10
08:05 from Melksham Market Place, change at Chippenham, to Swindon at 09:10
(this latter service leaves at 08:12 during school holidays)
16:56 from Swindon, change at Chippenham to bus, arrive Melksham at 18:02
18:00 from Swindon, change at Chippenham to bus, arrive Melksham at 18:56
18:42 from Swindon, direct to Melksham at 19:08
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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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