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Publicising the line through various media - 54/107
Written by David Preston on Monday, 7th November 2005

[color=Red][/color]Has anyone suggested publicising the line's plight and potential to the local TV companies such as the former HTV (now ITV) and BBC Points West programmes. They usually want filler material for their programmes when all they usually come up with is stories of NHS or Police performance or of grannies and cats. Here is an excellent chance for us to show the people of the south west what a service the Melksham line could be in cutting back on traffic levels on the adjacient A350.

Other examples for highlighting the campaign include the general popular railway press such as:- Rail magazine, published fortnightly, The Railway Magazine (one of the oldest mags from 1897), Modern Railways and Rail News. These magazines have run articles on ghost stations in the past, of which Melksham was formerly one of them, and have included comments on the community rail partnerships.

Contact details. I do not have Rail magazine contact details on me, but I do have the Railway Magazine:-

Editorial Contributions: The Railway Magazine, King's Reach Tower, Stamford Street, London, SE1 9LS, Editorial Fax no. 020 7261 5269, e-mail

Modern Railways:

Modern Railways Magazine, Transport Writing Services, PO Box 206, Tunbridge Wells North, TN1 2XA. Tel 01892 525339 Fax 01892 526256 e-mail (editor)

Hope this is of assistance in passing the word. [move]Other sources of publicising the need may be in the local papers, such as the Gazette and Herald or the free newspapers you get delivered[/move].

Best wishes,


Re: Publicising the line through various media - 54/113
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 12th November 2005

David, thanks for this;  I've taken a bit of a while to get back as there seem to have been 100 things to do in every 24 hours.  We did get som elocal radio coverage early on and I've been in touch with the TV folks.  Don't think some of them know where Melksham is EITHER as it's not exactly been picked up  :-X ... will keep trying and encourahing others though!

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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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