Resources from the web site of Well House Consultants on the subject of Public Transport - Road. We provide
It's surprising how complex the public
transport system to Melksham is, and how often
it changes - it's very good indeed if you
know what's available, but it can be somewhat
frustrating if you don't. And so we've built
up a series of resources that cover public
road transport in the area, which can be
accessed via this resource page.
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|4032||Easier public transport from Melksham to Bristol Airport|
Bus service changes from 24 March 2013
Bus number: A4
Route: Bath to Bristol Airport
Operators: Bath Bus Company Ltd
New hourly service operating every day except Christmas Day.
In Bristol, the service will operate via Brislington, Hengrove and Highridge to Bristol Airport. In Bristol, local fares ...
|4022||A request for all of Melksham transport groups to work integrated|
It was suggested the other night that Melksham's Community Area Partnership Transport Group might like to run as separate groups, looking at different modes of transport - Buses, Trains, Car, Cycle, Foot. And whilst I agree that focus groups on individual modes might be useful at times, I cannot agree ...
|4023||Melksham to Chippenham (Station) bus services - times and routes|
I welcome the recent improvement in bus services between Chippenham and Melksham on Monday to Friday during the day. I think it's a great pity that the opportunity of a new timetable was not taken to space out the buses more evenly. Almost inevitably the buses run at least half empty, (the 15:13 ...
|3951||Christmas Bus Schedule for Melksham - First Bus|
From the Bath customer panel (of which, somehow, I'm a member ...) here are the services that will be running on Melksham routes (234, 235, 271 and 272) over the holiday period.
Up to and including Sunday 23rd December - normal service
Saturday 29th December - normal Saturday service
|3937||Agenda for Wiltshire Link Travel groups meeting, Saturday 1st December 2012|
The Laverton, Westbury, Saturday 1st December 2012
Wiltshire Link meeting for Travel and Transport User Groups and Interested Parties. If you feel this is for you - please sign up and come along [more details and signup form]
Please feel free to arrive from 10 a.m.; coffee and biscuits will be available ...
|3938||A long overdue meeting - a steeping stone towards coordinate transport user inputs|
A rapt audience at yesterday's Travel and Transport coordination meeting for users and user groups in Westbury ...
I fell asleep last night in a mixture of exhaustion and elation.
We met at The Laverton in Westbury - All seats we had laid out were filled, with latecomers grabbing extra chairs. Representatives ...
|3929||Melksham Bus Issues - to be raised at First Bus Customer Panel|
This evening, I'm at the First Bus Customer Panel in Bath for its first meeting. Whilst I'm not the most frequent of bus service users, I do use a variety of them, I have looked into issues and asked questions before, and I do have community input.
Of particular Melksham interest that have been ...
|3904||Want to help us improve transport in Wiltshire? Here is how!|
Can you identify with any of these questions? Would you like to help to make things better? There's a need for improved co-ordination between transport providers, various user groups, local authorities, special interest groups - and the people who use the services too!
As a group which is working ...
|3893||Public Transport across Wiltshire - a new map|
I'm planning for some joined up thinking - thinking about joining up public (and private) transport for joined up - efficient, environmentally friendly, journey to, from, and in Wiltshire. The first map here shows the passenger railway lines of Wiltshire, with stations as solid black dots, and ...
|3879||Mixed mode travel - Information systems |
A document for discussion, with thoughts being put together for what would help us, in Wiltshire, to make better and more educated use of current and future transport systems, for the benefit of ourselves, our business community, our tourist industry, our transport operators, our councils, our quality ...
|3877||Public Transport Services - from and to Melksham|
Listing of public transport services from Melksham, from Calrberry web site
Route No.Route DescriptionFrequencyOperatorinfo dated14 Melksham (Town Centre Circular) Mon to Sat (every 30 mins) Frome Sep 2011 37 Melksham to Bradford on Avon (Sainsburys) Mon to Fri (1 trip) Bodmans ...
|3866||Celebrate! Buses from Meksham to Bath|
Bus times from Bowerhill into the centre of Melksham, and on to Bath, changed at the start of September with a new First Bus timetable. It's mostly good news, with the two buses an hour now being more evenly spread, and a late afternoon bus available soon after 5 p.m. Bad news is the loss of Sunday ...
|2791||Bath to Melksham buses - times|
Update - November 2010 - major reorganisation has taken place. First now cut most of their services short at Melksham, with Faresaver extended to Devizes on Monday to Saturday. There are several significant gaps in a previously regular service - see [here]
Changed again - September 2012 ... with ...
|3850||Bus times - Chippenham Station to Melksham, with London connections|
Access to Melksham for business visitors from far and wide is vital for our international and thriving business base in the town. And whilst many of those visitors drive, many do not - either they're international visitors who prefer not to drive on the left, or they prefer to use public transport. ...
|3849||New bus times - Melksham to Bath|
As from 2nd September 2012, First are running a new timetable on their routes 271 and 272 between Bath and Melksham (evening and sunday buses carrying on to Devizes and Easterton). The Faresaver service (route X72) remains unaltered to my knowledge.
The changes may be summarised as follows:
|3699||Bristol 50? Bristol 25?|
There's an urban area round major cities - a natural commuter area. And these days that natural surround area is regarded as being 50 miles. Indeed, I understand that the government is looking to more local control over public transport - in the style of PTE (Passenger Transport Executives) perhaps ...
|3631||Getting around Dublin by public transport - some observations|
Following on from my recent visit to Cambridge, I'm now in Dublin and making some transport notes.
Arriving in Dublin ... via the "Jonathan Swift" - described as the 100 minute fast ferry, but currently taking 150 minutes because of some issues they've been having. It's mostly car passengers, with ...
|3579||Transport in Cambridgeshire - seen by an outside observer. What can Wiltshire learn?|
A week in Cambridge - traveling there, and around when I needed, without a car - and a chance to look, listen and learn a bit more about the wider transport issues of that city. Some may be lessons for us in Wiltshire, others may be items that I simply say "won't work here because of ...".
|3580||Melksham Area - buses, trains, cycles, and roads. Meeting, 17.1.2012|
This TUESDAY evening ... are YOU available?
Melksham Town Hall on Tuesday January 17th at 6.30pm, with refreshments from 6pm. The meeting is free and informal, and open to anyone who would like to contribute or simply listen. If you need a lift home after the meeting, let me know - I'm aware that the ...
|3564||I wish I was not a special case|
On 18th January, I'm going to an evening meeting about rail services in the old West Wilts area - the towns of Trowbridge, Bradford-on-Avon, Melksham, Warminster and Westbury, And being a meeting about railways, it's located convenient to one of the stations - Warminster - and the invite includes a ...
|3523||When competition is not a good idea - Melksham Bus Absurdity|
I'm usually all for businesses competing with each other in the market place. But where they're competing in certain industries - for example the travel industry to get people between two different market places - it doesn't always work in the customer's interest. And what a graphic illustration we ...
|3504||Coaches from Trowbridge and Melksham to London|
Daily except 25th and 26th December and 1st January, a National Express Coach runs from Trowbridge, Melksham and Sells Green to Heathrow and London (Victoria), though looking at the timetable published online by National Express, you would think it ran non-stop from Frome to Devizes - see [here].
|3487||Public transport - road and rail|
Following on from some of our resource re-indexing .... the pictures above are those that I'm using on the public transport (Rail) page and on the public Transport (Road) page. ...
|3486||How important is public transport to people in the Melksham area?|
The "Wiltshire Intelligence Network" (based at County Hall, Trowbridge), ran a "Sense of Place" survey in 2008 asking people about there local areas, at the time the Wiltshire was going Unitary and the area boards were being set up. You can find a link to the surveys, area by area, [here]
|3471||Vintage Bus Running Day in Warminster. An example of good bus practise.|
Today was Vintage Bus Running Day in Warminster ... with buses up to 70 years old running an intensive service around the town and surrounding villages, and crowds of people riding on them too. Really good to see all these old vehicles in action!
If Warminster can stage an event to pull people into ...
|3404||Buses on the Cambridge Guided Busway|
The long awaited Cambridge Guided Busway opened on 7th August, and a training course I'm giving nearby brought me close to its northern section yesterday.
Although I may have questioned the choice of a guided busway over other options along the corridor, and worried about the delays and budget overruns ...
|3301||Using public transport - USA style|
We're currently in the USA - the land of the automobile - but we don't have a car, and we're making uses of buses - "shuttles" to get around between the various places we're visiting. Illustration - Lisa (my wife, for anyone who's new to this blog) and Zyliana (our Amercan grandaughter) await the bus ...
|3290||Changes (and no changes) at Melksham bus stops|
I'm delighted to see a new bus stop - and with a half hourly service by the "town bus" - route 14 - at the south (Snowberry Lane) end of the new East Melksham Development. Good news - for the time to provide the new bus service is at the time that new people are moving to Melksham - before they find ...
|3194||Buses - what they cost and their future direction in the SW and in Wiltshire|
Some interesting figures from a bus operator - the Go-Ahead group - telling us where their income comes from. This is NOT a company that serves Melksham (their nearest company to us is Wilts and Dorset, who operate to Devizes from Salisbury). Annual income relating to bus operations:
1.80 billion in ...
|3126||Car Parking in Melksham - thoughts on the proposed scheme, and wider thoughts too|
The local newspaper headlines a rise in parking charges in Melksham from April, and my email contains statements of how charge rises in another town in Wiltshire will kill that town centre, and a degree of disquiet from elsewhere too. I've also been out and about in the town - looking and listening.
|2982||Travel, Transport and Tourism - A vision for Melksham, 2026|
This is a seed document that I've prepared as a pump-priming exercise to help the Community Area Partnership (at the request of the vicechair of the steering group) and other associated organisations think ahead towards what they would like to see in the 2026 area plan. It comes in three main sections:
|2983||Strong arm tactics in the bus industry? Poor result for the customer!|
It's sometimes frustrating - really frustrating - to start to see something clearly only after the event. Looking back to the bus service changes from Bath through Melksham to Devizes and Easterton of a month ago, I think I'm now seeing more clearly what I think has happened.
• A couple of months ...
|2958||What do these road markings mean? Could Confusion Kill?|
Yesterday evening, I attended a wide ranging meeting and I mentioned my concerns at the markings on this footpath when we were talking about small capital highways expenditures; invited by the meeting chair to send a picture, I followed up: "Following on from yesterday evening - here is a picture of ...
|2933||Bath - Melksham - Devizes buses from September|
Update - Friday, 10th September ... An anonymous correspondent writes "Hello ! Just to let you know that Faresaver originally split the X72 Bath- Devizes and the X71 'Lavington loop', partly so as to understand how poorly used the loop is (according to Firstbus). However, after 2 days of operation, it ...
|2903||Bath to Devizes bus via Melksham - changing again in September|
Update - August 2010 I now have details ... as from 5th September 2010, there are major changes to the buses from Bath to Melksham, Devizes and beyond. See [here] for new route diagram and times.
An early "alert". I heard a rumor that the 23:08 Bath to Melksham and Devizes bus was to be discontinued ...
|1723||Bath - Melksham - Devizes. Bus route changes, new timetable|
Bus service (route and timetable) between Bath and Melksham
Update - August 2010 As from 5th September 2010, there are major changes to the buses from Bath to Melksham, Devizes and beyond. See [here] for new route diagram and times.
Update - June 2010 - [Current timetable]
Bus routes have changed ...
|1511||Buses from Well House Manor, Melksham, to Bath|
Update - August 2010 As from 5th September 2010, there are major changes to the buses from Bath to Melksham, Devizes and beyond. See [here] for updated route diagram and times.
If you're staying with us at Well House Manor in Melksham, there's an excellent bus service from right outside the Hotel which ...
|2919||London to Calne, Corsham, Melksham, Bradford-on-Avon, Chippenham by public Transport|
* National Express have suspended services to Box and Corsham for August.
* National Express have introduced a new daily Calne to London service.
* First Great Western will introduce through Bradford-on-Avon to London trains, 12/2010
* In spite of the Network Rail report recommending an ...
|2515||Why we have two buses an hour - but not a half hourly service|
We have two buses an hour to Bath. But that's not a half hourly service - they run within a few minutes of each other and then leave a gap that's little short of an hour. On the return from Bath, the two buses are scheduled to leave two minutes apart, and most of the day they're just a ...
|2857||Park and Ride at Batheaston - will it solve Wiltshires Ills?|
What's the point of having a Park and Ride on the outskirts or a large town of city?
I hadn't really given it too much thought until today, when I visited the West of England Partnership and listened to their Joint Local Transport Plan 3 presentation. They look after North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, ...
|2789||Melksham to London (Heathrow, and Central London)|
Melksham to London Coach Service
There's a daily coach service from Melksham to London and if you're going to Heathrow Airport at about the time it runs (or if you're coming from Heathrow) it's the most practical way to make the journey.
From London Victoria 18:00
From London Heathrow 18:45
|2771||Melksham to Calne by public transport|
It's just seven miles from Melksham (pop 25,000) to Calne(pop 15,000) - and the two towns are both part of the Wiltshire Unitary area, with a lot in common. The road between them - the A3102 - always seems busy.
You would think that there would be a bus service that let you get between ...
|2672||Dear Planners, please provide viable alternatives|
I have a meeting at Melksham Police Station this evening (of the Community Area Partnership - not on police business!) - from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Melksham Police Station is about a mile and a half from home - outside the town on the old Semington Road. How can I get there?
I could drive. I've been there ...
|2662||Is Melksham public transport actually used?|
'''There never seems to be anybody waiting at the bus stop behind my house when I look out there - so I ask "why have it ... why run the buses that call there?" ''' - comment made to me by a local councilor, who's not a user of local or regional public transport
Here are two similar views of a public ...
|2533||Five guests, three groups, one car|
Five people staying with us ... in three groups ... with one car between them in the car park.
That's a statistic I noticed last week at our five room hotel here in Melksham - and it struck me "what a sensible balance". Two of the guests had arrived in the car, two by airport taxi from Heathrow, and ...
|2522||Integrated public Transport - what could be done for Melksham|
Connections between trains and buses at Melksham station do not exist at present - each mode of transport carefully ignores the other even though most of the services are provided by the same public transport provider. The 271/272/273 to Bath stops near Avonside, then runs non-stop past the station ...
It can't have been more that a year ago that a new bus stop was provided for us at "The Spa" ... or rather a new bus shelter and some nice, slip proof kerbstones; the bus stop had been there when we moved to Melksham in 1999 and probably for many years prior to that.
Imagine my surprise, then, to find ...
|2372||Public Transport from (and to) Melksham on Sundays|
I walked into the Town Centre in Melksham at around 9 O'clock this morning - a bright sunny morning and it was (as you would expect) quietish, but it certainly wasn't deadly quiet. A young gentlemen approach me, asking me for directions to the train station.
If someone asks me for directions, I'll ...
|2328||Melksham - no trains, no southbound buses through the town|
There have been NO TRAINS AT ALL to Melksham for a week. And the town centre is closed to southbound traffic, sending the buses around the bypass, and the local "we know where to go" vehicles around the suburban streets. All of which does precious little immediate good for the businesses.
When Bath ...
|2268||Westbury Bypass Refused - looking forward|
The report of The Public Enquiry into the proposed Westbury Bypass was published a couple of days ago, together with the Secretary of State's decision based on that report. As someone who attended the enquiry briefly and made a statement, I have received a copy of the various papers from the Department ...
|2083||Do you support a decent train service? Please sign up!|
Click on image to add your support or here to learn more first
Public transport across Wiltshire is truly appalling - after the 06:15 train from Swindon to Salisbury, there isn't another until 18:45, and if you catch the bus or make a dogleg train journey via Bath or via Reading (the two routes offered) ...
|2075||Supporting Parkinsons and Trains|
Duncan Hames, our "Lib-Dem" candidate for the new Chippenham / Melksham / Bradford-on-Avon seat at the next election, is a keen supporter of our campaign to provide an appropriate train service across Wiltshire ... he's pictured here at the station the other week.
And he's braver than me - he's running ...
|1315||Two years of campaigning for a train service|
It's two years ago this month that I saw a letter in the local paper suggesting that the train service across Wiltshire was to be withdrawn at the end of December 2006 ... and felt (as a user of the service, and someone who's job heavily depended on other people arriving on it) that I should take a ...
|1777||The Rise and Rise of First Bus Fares|
Firsts Bristol [zone] bus fares went up earlier this year. And I understand they're going up again next Monday. But that's all right, isn't it, because it's a commercial market and they can't price themselves out of the market?
Well - no - it's NOT all right; it's no longer really a commercial market. ...
|1668||Talk on TransWilts train service to Green Party|
This morning, I gave a talk on the "TransWilts" train service - the loss of most trains in 2006 and the campaign for the return of something more appropriate - to the Green Party's Regional meeting in Trowbridge. Here's my presentation, which I'll admit to writing in the few hours ahead of the talk!
|1567||Melksham - Swindon. Train v Bus v Car|
I'm going to an event called "Social Enterprise and the railways" tomorrow - and I'm Driving there - to Swindon. How silly can you get! But it's a case of the head ruling the heart.
I could have left on the direct train at 19:50 tonight. I could catch the hourly bus to Chippenham then the hourly ...
|1560||HST Power Car TravelWatch SouthWest|
Today, I had a chance to listen to Andrew Haines - CEO of First Great Western, and the man who has been given the task of turning certain aspects of the company - which is currently something of an embarrassment to the "First" brand - around. You'll find me writing more seriously about what he had to ...
|1428||Travel Across Wiltshire - the game|
What better way to learn about efficient public transport than to play a game to get you around from one place to another? And what better way to generate a new Tk canvas example, and a new PHP page too, than to prepare such a game on our web site.
The board looks like this:
If you select this link ...
|1254||Comparing bus stops|
Between our home and hotel - in just that short distance of a few hudred yards - there are four bus stops. One doesn't have a shelter, two have shelters enclosed on two sides, and one has a shelter enclosed on three sided.
Guess which one has a new sign?
Yes - it's the one enclosed on 3 sides that ...
|1125||Train service - petititon reply|
Yesterday evening, I received a reply to my petition for the provision of an appropriate train service on local and regional routes in our part of the country.
You recently signed a petition asking the Prime Minister to:
"provide a reliable train service with adequate capacity at times that travellers ...
|1085||Lawrence Webb's Melksham Taxi service|
Course delegates have arrived by car, by taxi, by train, by bus, by motorcycle, by coach, by pushbike and on foot. We're just waiting for a delegate to come by boat and moor up on the Kennet and Avon Canal that's about 2 miles from us.
Lawrence Webb (01225 706805) collect delagates from last week's ...
|474||Vintage Bus Day|
Today was Vintage bus day in Warminster ... there must have been some 50 buses dating back as far as 1947 running the old routes between Warminster and Bath, Warminster and Salibbury, Warminster and Frome, and the villages in between, Here, pictured at Horningsham, just behind the Longleat Estate, is ...
|818||Heard, yes. Considered, no. The case for the train.|
Last Friday brought the publication of the 'final' timetable for trains through Melksham from December 2006.
Regular readers to this column will know that I've been hosting a web site to retain the service at its current level (5 each way daily) or, better, to improve it to 8 a day. But the threat ...
|764||Journey planning - Xephos v Transport Direct|
I looked up a journey from Melksham to Liverpool (I just entered "Melksham" and "Liverpool" without being any more specific) on the Transport Direct Web site yesterday ... and here's the start of what it suggested ...
It's very easy for travel sites to make silly suggestions that don't appear to be ...
|459||Kiss and Ride|
Tuesday, 18th October will be Kiss and Ride day at Melksham Station
In the two months since I read that the train service to Melksham was to be slashed, we've gone from being users of the railway service to people who are stopped in the street and asked about the train service, and from being somewhat ...