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Wiltshire Council purchased land at Melksham Station - 8044/13029
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 26th November 2009
Wiltshire Council has purchased the land that BRB Residuary had been trying to sell off for development ... fabulous news as it safeguards the access to the station / options to road through for bus and interchange etc.
Re: Wiltshire Council purchased land at Melksham Station - 8044/13149
Written by Lee on Friday, 9th April 2010
And here's an example of what happens when things go the other way... http://www.thisisthewestcountry.co.uk/news/somerset_news/7991036.Campaigners_defiant_over_Chard_Junction_sale/?ref=rss
Re: Wiltshire Council purchased land at Melksham Station - 8044/13154
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 11th April 2010
I remain very happy with the land purchase at Melksham. The Chard junction step is unfortunate [note British understatement!]. And isn't it fantastic to be able to say "Wiltshire - you done well on this one"
Re: Wiltshire Council purchased land at Melksham Station - 8044/13225
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 8th June 2010
A lucky escape, by the looks of the Melksham Lorry Park Consultation - http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/communityandliving/areaboards/melkshamareaboard/melkshamlorryparkconsultation.htm
[quote="Wiltshire Council"]The lorry parking facilities at King Street car park, Melksham have been deemed unsuitable and the Council is likely to close this car park to heavy goods vehicles. In light of this, the Council is considering providing alternative parking provision at Leekes car park on Beanacre Rd.
Re: Wiltshire Council purchased land at Melksham Station - 8044/13274
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 29th June 2010
Graham Ellis blog post - http://www.wellho.net/mouth/2837_Lorry-Parking-in-Melksham.html
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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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