Updated 20:00, 22.7.2020 - E&OE
Updated 07:00, 13.7.2020
Updated 08:00, 9.7.2020
Updated 08:00, 7.7.2020
Updated 12:00, 3.7.2020
Updated 13:00, 12.6.2020
Updated 14:00, 17.5.2020
Updated 08:00, 27.3.2020
We encourage you to start making more use of public transport again, but please try your first trip gently ... * Wear a face mask
* Follow social distancing rules
* Pay ahead or contactless
* Wash hands before and after journeys
PLEASE DO NOT TRAVEL UNLESS YOU HAVE TO for a few more days. But we want you to fill our buses and trains at some date soon. If you travel, wear a face mask, observe social distancing advise and reduce contact where possible. Thank you for observing this advise, and thank to bus and train companies and staff for providing services for key workers and those with a need to travel without other means.
22.7.2020 - National Express Resumes next Monday|
13.7.2020 - as from today, full services are back on all buses. Trains are slightly reduced. National Express coach still suspended.
Public Transport capacity for joutneys to, from and within Melksham is expected to be good from next Monday and we suggest that it might be the time for you to start trying out a few local journeys. Please just avoid the late buses out of Bath on 17th and 18th July!
Our mission is to maintain and enhance facilities at Melksham station, and to act as an independent voice of the station users.
Melksham is served by up to 18 trains a day on the line from Swindon to Westbury via Chippenham and Trowbridge.
Melksham Railway Station was closed in “the Beeching Era” - 1966. It re-opened in 1985, with British Rail, local councils and passengers partnering to bring back at least a part of the facility that had been so missed in the area.
The Melksham Railway Development Group (MRDG) was a community group that has worked hard over the years to support the station, though sometimes when the service was so poor it looked like it was lost again, and indeed if it weren’t for MRDG, Melksham might not have a station or train service today. Five years ago, MRDG working with the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership, persuaded Wiltshire Council to sponsor, the Department for Transport to fund and GWR to run a three year trial of addition trains, and they have been very successful – for the first time since its re-opening, Melksham now has sufficient trains for passenger numbers to have grown well, and although the group is still very much concerned with further development, it has been renamed the Melksham Rail User Group (MRUG)
Melksham Rail User Group runs on a small budget kindly funded by Melksham Town Council and Melksham Without Parish Councils, and our membership includes representatives of both organisations. Events such as the Santa trips are costed to break even - their main intent is to publicise and promote the station and trains that serve it; any profit made is ploughed back into group funds. All work done for "MRUG" by the members is on a voluntary basis, for which the group is grateful.
The Group is also a member of the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership, supporting the use and growth of local and regional passenger train services on the Swindon to Westbury line via Chippenham, Melksham and Trowbridge, with service on to Dilton Marsh, Warminster and Salisbury. It is also a 'friend' of the Association of Cimmunity Rail Partnerships (ACoRP).
Current timetables and advice
Bus and Train Timetables - August 2020
Covid Travel advice - August 2020
News and Upcoming ....
28.7.20 Car parking changes - ((here))
August 2020 newletter ((here))
Next physical meeting if we can - 16.9.2020
(online too, that is for certain)
but please get in touch before if you wish!
Melksham Public Transport - Newsletters
* August 20 Newsletter - ((here))
* July 20 Newsletter - ((here))
* June 20 Newsletter - ((here))
* May 20 Newsletter - ((here))
* April 20 Newsletter - ((here))
2019/20 Annual Report (28.4.2020)
Knorr Bremse press release (27.4.2020)
Bus updates • Resources
35 Years Young - 13th May 2020
Online celebration - details
Picture are online ((here))
Passenger number predictions
How many passengers will be using Melksham Station in 2026 and in 2036? Neighbourhood plan input. See ((here)) for the web page or ((here)) for a printable version. Written 24.2.2020
Report on 2019 and plans for 2020 - Pick up a copy of our report at area board or council meetings or email to ask for a printed copy. Also available for download here
* 11th August 2020 - Coffee Shop Tuesday Club
* Strengthening to Weymouth
* One in five Brits say they would consider [rail] commuting by bike, finds survey
* Caught between the devil and the deep blue sea
* Where was Bmblbzz buzzing around on Sunday?
* 4th August 2020, 16:00, Tuesday Club
* All towns are equal, but some are more equal than others