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Passengers Per Train - some staistics - 82/172
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Friday, 9th December 2005

Here are some passengers per train figures for the average number of ticketed people leaving or joining each train.

Heysham. 28 trains per week, 6788 passengers per year, 4.6 passengers leaving or joining
Roman Bridge. 60 trains per week, 321 passengers per year, 0.1 passengers
Dean (Wilts). 132 trains per week, 8810 passengers per year, 1.2 passengers
Roche. 24 trains per week, 574 passengers per year, 0.5 passengers
Melksham. 68 trains per week, 27435 passengers per year, 7.8 passengers
Helmsdale. 32 trains per week, 3972 passengers per year, 2.4 passengers
Hough Green. 800 trains per week. 124176 passengers per year. 3.0 passengers

Roche is to have its service cut by 50% under the new Greater Western franchise. Melksham is to have its service cut by 70%. I know of no threats to the other services listed; I note that Hough Green (in the consituency of the transport minister Derek Twigg) has less that have the boarding and leaving traffic per train that Melksham has, and ask him to consider what local reaction he would get if he proposed reducing the service ...

In 2002/3, Melksham was at number 1974 out of 2406 stations on the main rail nework for ticket sales too / from.  Please email me is you would like me to work out a similar comparison to the above for ANY other station.

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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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