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Trowbridge. Worth A Visit? - 522/1521
Written by Lee on Monday, 25th September 2006

Is Trowbridge really Boomtown?

Re: Trowbridge. Worth A Visit? - 522/1524
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 26th September 2006

It's the county town, Lee

Re: Trowbridge. Worth A Visit? - 522/1528
Written by Nick Field on Tuesday, 26th September 2006

It's not really a recognised tourist destination, like Salisbury or Oxford (hence why a through service between these two would be useful and generate lots of traffic)  It is the administrative base for Wiltshire however and (like everywhere else along the line) has an ever expanding population.  For me personally I dont tend to go to Trowbridge unless I have a specific reason to do so.  For a nice evening out / meal / theatre etc I would go to Bath or Salisbury.  For a greater chioce of shops I would go to Bath, Salisbury, Bristol (or if I really must) Swindon.

Re: Trowbridge. Worth A Visit? - 522/1852
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 7th November 2006

Well im here......

So far , so good. Am currently logged on thanks to the friendly & helpful staff at Trowbridge Library.

See you tonight. Graham & Nick , I take it you are on the 1824 arrival from Melksham? (if it runs.....)

Re: Trowbridge. Worth A Visit? - 522/1855
Written by Sion Bretton on Tuesday, 7th November 2006

Let us know how it went.
I am sat at Orlando Airport waiting for the flight to Bristol via Newark

Re: Trowbridge. Worth A Visit? - 522/7313
Written by courgettelawn on Saturday, 1st September 2007

The tourist board at the station does nothing to commend Trowbridge to me.  The fact that is the power-house of Wiltshire County Council commends it even less to me.  I was amused that the Police Station building was pictured on the board along with other questionable sights!

I say Salisbury or Melksham should take over the mantle of county town, definitely not Westbury but perhaps I am very biased and perhaps I am being too dismissive of my adopted home-county.

Re: Trowbridge. Worth A Visit? - 522/7337
Written by philmcm on Sunday, 2nd September 2007

If not Salisbury then my vote would go to Devizes as the county town of Wiltshire, certainly in terms of it being the most representative Wiltshire market town and that which is most worth visiting. Sadly however they lost their station a long while ago and stand little chance of even seeing a preserved line rise phoenix-like from the ashes of what traces remain.

Unfortunately, National Rail Enquiries don't recognise either Melksham (7 miles) or Trowbridge (8 miles) as viable alternative stations for passengers wishing to alight at Devizes - see here:

only Chippenham (9 miles) or Bath / Swindon (both around 20 miles away) are mentioned.

For those who might wish to point out that only mainline stations are shown incidentally, passengers intending to visit the similarly Beeching'd town of Marlborough are recommended to alight at Bedwyn...

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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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