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

Forum archive ... Blog archive

Thank you for your early support

This is the text of the email sent out to thank people who have completed the petition or support forms in the first three weeks.

Thank you for completing the petition/support form on my web site at:
where I'm trying to raise the awareness of the railway service from Swindon through Chippenham and Melksham and on to Trowbridge, Westbury, Salisbury and Southampton. The current service is under threat of severe curtailment (just a single return trip each rushhour) even though the current service is much more used than we're lead to believe. I came back on the train from Swindon last Sunday afternoon, and there were 30 passengers on the train on the Chippenham to Melksham "leg" where I got off with about 10 others, and further people boarded. See

I have been overwhelmed by the level of response. We've had 500 different visitors to the web site in five weeks from a "standing start", and I've had some 60 completed web forms - all supportive. That's in addition to other contacts by email, post, phone and in person. Much of the information that I've been gathering is extremely thoughtful and hugely valuable in helping me understand the "metrics" of this railway corridor, and I've added a great deal to the web site as a result. BUT - I've a lot more to do, so please do keep revisiting. A "Stop Press" facility on each page tells you the very latest.

Coming up ... a date for your diary:
     27th September 2005.
"A follow up to our inaugral meeting - we'll be publicing the services, surveying the traffic requirements, and campaigning for a more appropriate service that that proposed from December 2006"
     Full Details

Time - 7 for 7:30 pm. Venue - 404, The Spa, Melksham. ALL WELCOME - that's so important that I've repeated it - even if you feel you're just going to be a listener, I would love your support! The venue is where I live and work - we (that's my wife Lisa and I) have "conference room" and other customer facilities - plenty of coffee and tea on tap and we're well used to hosting here. There's a map and directions at:

I feel a little guilty that this is a "circular" letter - especially to people who have taken the trouble to add individual comments to the forms. I HAVE read everything, and many of the comments have helped me to learn and may be reflected in the website already. There's more to come, too. I've plans for the web site that mean it won't be just *me* contributing, and I'll be writing back and asking if I can "seed" the new area with your original comments. And you should start seeing more local publicity too, away from the web.

It's my objective to save the train. I want to be able to catch the 8 O'clock train on Saturday, 20th January 2007 into Swindon and arrive there for 8:30, to spend a morning in the museum, at the outlet centre or in the shops. I want to be able to come back in the early afternoon without taking the best part of 2 hours on multiple buses. And I want to be able to go down to the station the following evening - that's the Sunday - to collect a customer ready for the training course I'll be giving the following day. We, and lots of others, use this service for pleasure and for business. Thank you for your initial support; please continue to help me to save the train.


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