Save the Melksham Train
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Friday, 26th March 2010. Launch of TransWilts Community Rail Partnership. Bridge House, Trowbridge, from 19:30
An exciting new step forward to rejeuvenation of the line, its service and its use
BUSY, EXCELLENT MEETING ... see [here] for initial report
Train service remains dire - southbound from Swindon at 06:15 and 18:45, northbound from Westbury at 07:02 and 19:35. Please pledge your support if you would like to see an increase to six trains a day -
arriving Swindon at 07:48 08:53 11:50 14:50 17:36 and 20:19,
returning at 06:18 09:02 12:02 15:02 17:55 and 18:45.

Keynote for 2010

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Train Services via Melksham

The franchise for operating the TransWilts service through Melksham (or rather not operating it as the service is to be withdrawn) has been awarded to the First Group, who are paying the Government a total of 1 billion pounds over the next 10 years. Their Press Release.

The service on our line, and trains to and through Melksham, are NOT mentioned in the press release nor on the parallel announcements (first and second) from the Department for Transport.

Instead of 68 trains a week, we'll be cut to 20 - up to Swindon on Monday to Friday mornings, a return commuter train at the end of the day, and a further evening round trip. Weekend service - withdrawn. Early train - withdrawn. Through services to Salisbury and Southampton - withdrawn. Trains into Melksham at 09:12 and out at 17:02 (that's the one that really effects me personally) - withdrawn.

But we have one last opportunity to influence the First Group and persuade them to lay on a realistic service. They're in this for the profit and they could make a profit on the line. How? By operating a frequent, reliable service even though it still uses just the same one-coach train we have at the moment. Evidence? Bradford on Avon is a town that compares to Melksham. It's much smaller, but it sells 10 times the number of train tickets ... for a more frequent and reliable service.

There's a series of timetable planning meetings in the new year and at that stage, the First Group will be able to ask for line usage, etc, for their services in detail. Once those meetings are over, the timetable from next December won't be easily changed ....

Open Letter to Alison Forster, Managing Director, First Great(er) Western.
YOU Please write too - today! ... Address link

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