Added - 8th February 2020 from 7.2.2020 bus meeting
Slide set for meeting - [[here]]
(This slide set is quite verbsose and offers many stand alone explanations not just bullets)
First Statement: [[here]]
Faresaver Statement: [[here]]
Faresaver 31.1.2020 press release [[here]]
Faresaver 3.2.2020 FAQ [[here]]
Also relevant to meeting
Longer term bus ideas, 1.2020 [[here]]
The way forward and meeting outcomes - to be added by 10.2.2020
Please come back to this page, which we will keep updating through Spring 2020
1st February 2020:
On 28th January 2020, First Bus announced that they will discontinue operation of their D3 bus, which runs from Bath to Melksham and Bowerhill (and extends to Devizes and Urchfont) after end of service on 4th April 2020. On 31st January, Faresaver, who run an X72 service from Bath to Melksham, Devizes and Urchfont, daytime Monday to Saturday, announced that they will look to provide a service amended to cover gaps. Wiltshire Council are looking at the provision of replacement contracts for evening and Sunday service. Both press releases and comment are available at www.passenger.chat
With announcements just made in the last few days, Councils, Bus Operators and Communities are gathering their thoughts and looking to the future provision. On 31st January, our technical team met with Wiltshire council officers and the elected public transport portfolio holder to discuss the ways ahead. As a follow up to this meeting, we will be presenting a short update within the next Melksham Town and Melksham Without meetings. We are also hosting a public meeting - with thanks to Young Melksham for use of their facilities - at 19:00 on Friday, 7th February 2020 at The Canberra Centre at 56, Spa Road, Melksham SN12 7NY.
We won't know the detail of what will be happening from 5th April - but by having a community meeting quickly, our team will be able to fill you in a little more about how the process work and what the likely, possible, and impractical outcomes might be. And we canvas opionions as to what you would like to see. We have already spoken with many players and on Monday (3rd Feb) will be inviting current and potential operators to come along, introduce themselves, and hear from people.
|First||First West of England||www.firstgroup.com|
|GWR||Great Western Railway||www.gwr.com|
Next MRUG public meeting|
18th March 2020 - see [here]
* Melksham to London for free - but taking how long?
* Somerset Transport Campaigners - help needed
* Crystal ball - will coronavirus effect our travel (public and private)?
* Secret Reading Timings - Why?
* Prediction of passenger numbers - train journeys to and from Melksham Station
* Transport focus wants bad road signs
* Night Riviera