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Melksham to Bristol - 7315/11977
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 27th April 2008
Not really a new story ... but a review of a trip from Melksham to Bristol yesterday.
Melksham to Bath - 11 mile journey took 51 minutes due to heavy traffic. After Atworth (about 2 miles from Melksham) no-on at all left or joined the bus until Bath itself. Average speed 12 m.p.h.
Bath to Bristol - 12 mile journey took 20 minutes. That was a train that called at Oldfield Park (about 20 joines) and Keynsham (just one or two on and off). Average speed 36 m.p.h.
I took pictures on the way back ...
Having got off the train at Bath ... it was already full and was going to be really crowded in a 2 car 158 with all these people as well as it headed into Wiltshire.
The X71 bus was full too as it left Bath for Melksham, with 2 or 3 standees ...
Note for newcomers - with 6 return trains a day in the "TransWilts" line, there would be 2 services every 3 hours by train all the way to Bristol - change at Trowbridge or Chippenham, with a combined journey time of around 35 minutes rather than 70 minutes.
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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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