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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The train service described on this page are under threat

Southampton to Melksham, Chippenham and Swindon

Travelling to Chippenham or Swindon? There's a direct train service that runs 7 days a week via Salisbury, Warminster, and Trowbridge to Chippenham and Swindon. It's currently operated by Wessex trains, but next year the franchise comes up for renewal and the three bidders have been asked to quote for the COMPLETE WITHDRAWL of this through train, and the reduction of part of the line it serves to a commuter-only link.

The train takes about 90 minutes from Southampton to Chippenham. This is the ONLY direct public transport between these two towns; by bus with at least two changes, it takes three and a quarter hours.

The train takes an hour and three quarters from Southampton to Swindon. The bus service, with a change in Salisbury, takes between 3 and a quarter and 3 and three quarter hours.

I understand that patients who live in the Melksham and Chippenham area are often referred to the excellent specialist hospital in Southampton, and the train service is of great value to them.

Please use the train. Please tell others about the train. If you live in Southampton, please tell your councillor. Please visit our support and petition pages and tell us of your support - we're fighting to save the train up at this end of the line!

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