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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Ladies and Gentlemen,

An update on the train service through Melksham - under threat of reduction by two thirds from next year. Bids for the new franchise are currently with the Department for Transport ... with the franchise to be awarded in December.

At this stage, the best actions we can take if we want to help save the service are (1) write to politicians and decision makers and make them aware of our views and (2) help publicise the current service and the threat it's under.

Since the meetings last month, I've obtained various interesting statistics and other documents - increasing ticket sales, train usage, and even what appear to be plans to minimise consultation and not consult until after the Invitation to Tender was drawn up. I've been told that the traffic levels are low, and that's why resources are being moved. But I've not given a definition of "low" even though I have asked.

* Next Publicity

Next Tuesday (18th October) is Kiss and Ride day! If you usually commute to Chippenham, Swindon, Trowbridge or Westbury by road, take the train instead that day. Your partner can drop you off at Melksham station (or you can use free parking there), and we'll be serving hot drinks and handing out literature.

* Who to write to?

1. Your MP
2. Ministers at the Department for Transport
3. Officials at the Department for Transport

* The case to make

I'm accumulating information on the web site at See especially

You're welcome to rephrase and restate points from my letter to Department for Transport that's at

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