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for Melksham Public Transport Users -

Coronavirus update - services returning

Updated 08:00, 9.7.2020 - E&OE
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

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.

9.7.2020 - as from next Monday, full services are back on all buses. Trains are slightly reduced. National Express coach still suspended. Service 272 towards Devizes will not call at Coronation Road or Melksham Community Hospital due to ongoing road works, and will leave from the bus stop outside the Town Hall rather than the King's Arms. See (here) for all timetables

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!

If you travel on public transport you are now required to wear a facemask with exceptions such as if you have medical difficulties breathing, or for very young children

Public transport to, from and in Melksham - from Monday 6th July 2020 until further notice

Daytime Bus service to Bath (mostly route 273 by Faresaver)
every hour, Monday to Saturday with peak extras. Every 2 hours on Sunday
No service in the evenings
From 13.7.2020 - normal published timetable returns including evening service

Daytime Bus service to Devizes (mostly route 273 by Faresaver)
every hour, Monday to Saturday with peak extras. Every 2 hours on Sunday
No service in the evenings
From 13.7.2020 - normal published timetable returns including evening service

Bus service to Trowbridge and Frome (route x34 by Faresaver)
Normal service Monday to Saturday daytime no service evenings or Sunday

Bus service to Chippenham (route x34 by Faresaver)
Normal service Monday to Saturday daytime no service evenings or Sunday

Bus services to Corsham and Bradford on Avon / Trowbridge (routes 68, 69 by Faresaver)
Normal service Monday to Saturday daytime no service evenings or Sunday

Bus services 14 and 15 - Melksham Town (operated by Fromebus)
Normal service (daytime, Monday to Saturday)
no service evenings or Sunday

Operated by Buses of Swindon - Monday to Friday only
x76 bus to Royal United Hospital
x76 bus to Calne and Marlborough
Normal service (one service each way)

Train service to Chippenham and Swindon
Monday to Friday - 05:32, 07:51, 10:00, 12:31, 14:31, 16:40 and 18:54
Saturday - 07:52, 10:20, 12:20, 14:22, 16:51 and 18:50
Sunday - 08:37, 11:00, 15:02, 17:06, 18:51 and 20:34
return trains leave Swindon 27 minutes before departure times of WESTBURY trains and Chippenham 10 minutes before.

Train service to Trowbridge and Westbury
Monday to Friday - 06:36, 09:08, 11:29, 13:38, 15:38, 18:00 and 21:09
Saturday - 08:59, 11:31, 13:31, 15:32, 17:58, and 19:57
Sunday - 09:37, 12:06, 16:04, 18:10, 19:52 and 21:35
return trains leave Westbury 17 minutes before departure times of SWINDON trains and Trowbridge 10 minutes before.

Public Transport services reduced (steps back up 13.7.2020)
271 bus to Bath. Peak Only. - see 273 for alternatives from most stops
272 bus to Bath and to Devizes. Peak Only. - see 273 for alternatives from most stops

Public Transport services suspended indefinitely
402 coach to London - use train to Swindon and change for London
402 coach to Frome - see 273 (above) for alternatives

Faresaver can be contacted on 01249 444444 online at http://www.faresaver.co.uk
FromeBus can be contacted on 01373 471474 online at http://www.fromebus.co.uk
Buses of Swindon can be contacted on 01793 428428 online at https://www.swindonbus.co.uk
GWR can be contacted on 0345 7 000 125 online at https://www.gwr.com

Further afield ...
Buses beyond Bath - most services running
GWR train services - London to Bristol services (via Chippenham) half hourly

Data provided to the best of our knowlege, but this is a changing situation and we suggest you check with the operators if in any doubt. They may have limited staff, and short notice changes may happen in coming weeks.

Health advise on travelling by public transport ...
To be added in detail ...
* Keep your distance where possible
* Pay contactless or online before you travel if you can
* Wash hands regularly and follow general health guidelines
* Only travel if essential
National Rail travel advise at
https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/coronavirus

To be added in detail ...
* Keep your distance where possible
* Pay contactless or online before you travel if you can
* Wash hands regularly and follow general health guidelines
* Only travel if essential
National Rail travel advise at https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/coronavirus

Other links ...
Melksham Community Group


Train and passengers at Melksham Station

About the station and the group

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).

 

1.7.20 News on the Melksham Hub
1.7.20 New Melksham Hub site

7.7.20 - Trains now running 7 days a week TIMES
31.5.2020 Around Melksham Quiz
June 20 Newsletter - ((here))
Link to - Home Page

Current timetables - for July 2020
See Coronavirus page for advice
See Timetable page for current timetables.
Updated 7.7.2020 (Sunday trains and x76 back)
Updated 9.7.2020 (Buses fully back from 13.7)

News and Upcoming ....
Newletter - to be published w/c 13th July
Next meeting - online, August 2020
... but please get in touch before if you wish!

Melksham Public Transport - Coronavirus
* June 20 Newsletter - ((here))
* May 20 Newsletter - ((here))
* April 20 Newsletter - ((here))
* Train/bus times/advise - ((here))
* Any questions - please ask

TransWilts publications
2019/20 Annual Report (28.4.2020)
Knorr Bremse press release (27.4.2020)

New:
Emergency contactsBus updatesResources

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



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