* Until 2006, TransWilts train services ran 5 times a day and rapidly grew
* First Great Western withdrew most trains - a decision based on incorrect forecasts - in December 2006. The remaining trains are poorly timed for the traffic on offer and of little practical use
* First have now prepared an alternative timetable which is
--- much more appropriate
--- financially very sensible indeed (NOT expensive)
--- for which train paths ARE available
--- for which (for most services) crew and train are earmarked.
BUT ... they do need to know it would be used, and political decision makers need reminding of the case too. Can I ask you - yes YOU
- to sign up at:
This site is only just starting up - the real push comes in April and May; I would really appreciate some early signatures from course delegates who have used the train (or would have used it if they could) and from all our friends and contacts in the area too.
Some Further Detail
Until 2006, 40% of our training course customers came to Melksham by train - travelling on the TransWilts line from Westbury or Swindon, at arriving at about 9 O'clock, then catching the 17:12 or 18:09 back at the end of their course.
And in 2006, you could catch the same line direct from Trowbridge to Swindon, a 35 minute journey ... or Chippenham to Salisbury in under an hour. And many, many people did - traffic grew year on year by 35% according to the office of the Rail Regulator.
I was on the 17:59 from Chippenham on 8th December that year. It was was what I call "NESTing" - "Nearly Every Seat Taken" in a two coach train and that's ideal. Most of the passengers were regulars ... but that was the last day that train ever ran. First Great Western's new service, starting the following Monday, scheduled just 2 trains a day at 6:30 in the morning and after 7 at night. All remaining trains withdrawn. And, no, there isn't much of a demand at the new times - I have seen the morning train with just five passengers.
In 2007, very few - less than 4% - of our training course customers came to Melksham by train. Some we pick up at Chippenham or get a taxi, but a lot simply drive all the way these days.
And in 2007, with no direct trains to Swindon between quarter past seven in the morning and quarter to eight at night, you could drive, do a dogleg train trip via Bath or catch the direct bus and take 95 minutes. Chippenham to Salisbury - where the train was under an hour, the bus takes well over two.
The "Save the Train" campaign, in association with many other groups, has been pressing for an improved service, and a timetable for such a service has been drawn up and validated for 2009 - but it needs your support. The current gap in service at Melksham - 07:17 to 19:11 - would be plugged by extra trains at 08:24, 09:28, 11:17, 12:28, 14:17, 15:28, 17:08 and 18:21.
to sign up
to see who has signed so far
for more information (written 2008-03-28, updated 2008-04-01)
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