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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Melksham is a growing town

This is the first of 9 pages describing in more detail why the train service to Melksham is a valuable and valued resource, and why the level of service should not be reduced in the way that's been suggested.

Melksham is a thriving and growing town. A major new development by Bloor Homes, adacent to the railway and just a few yards along from the station (you can see the building site in this picture), will give rise to additional traffic in the near future and will also improve the area of the town near the station. There are a number of other small towns in the area and many people travel to work between them; the rail service offers a direct link to Chippenham, Swindon, Trowbridge and Westbury.

Business is growing in Melksham too ... a great deal of construction on and near Bowerhill, including the new Westinghouse building, G Plan, the divisional police headquarters, etc.

Looking to the future, it's proposed that the Wilts and Berks canal be reopened - initially through the town along the river Avon and up to Lacock. This will turn the riverside into a popular tourist spot, very much in the way that the Wharf at Devizes has transformed the whole area.

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