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Do NOT travel at present unless you have to


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for Melksham Public Transport Users -

Coronavirus update

Updated 14:00, 17.5.2020 - E&OE
Updated 08:00, 27.3.2020
See further down page for today and this weekend services.

PLEASE DO NOT TRAVEL UNLESS YOU HAVE TO at present. We want you around to fill our buses and trains at some date in the future. If you must travel, please observe social distancing advise and reduce contact where possible. Thank you for observing this advise, and thank to bus and train comanies and staff for providing these skeleton services for key workers.

Public transport to, from and in Melksham - from Monday 18th May 2020 until further notice

Bus service to Bath (route 273 by Faresaver)
every hour, Monday to Saturday. Every 2 hours on Sunday
mirrored at http://www.mrug.org.uk/pix/273_20200518.jpg

Bus service to Devizes (route 273 by Faresaver)
every hour, Monday to Saturday. Every 2 hours on Sunday
mirrored at http://www.mrug.org.uk/pix/273_20200518.jpg

Evening D3 to Bath and Devizes http://www.mrug.org.uk/pix/20200330_tempd3.jpg
No evening bus services in Melksham at present

Bus service to Trowbridge and Frome (route x34 by Faresaver)
every hour Monday to Saturday - mirrored at http://www.mrug.org.uk/pix/x34_20200518.jpg.jpg
no service on Sunday

Bus service to Chippenham (route x34 by Faresaver)
every hour Monday to Saturday - mirrored at http://www.mrug.org.uk/pix/x34_20200518.jpg.jpg
no service on Sunday

Bus services to Corsham and Bradford on Avon / Trowbridge (routes 68, 69 by Faresaver)
Two services each way per day (Monday to Saturday) - http://www.mrug.org.uk/68_69_20200518.jpg
no service on Sunday

Bus services 14 and 15 - Melksham Town (operated by Fromebus)
Monday to Saturday - about hourly (Saturday timetable, 6 days)
timetable mirrored at http://www.mrug.org.uk/14_15_20200518.jpg
no service on Sunday

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, 08:50, 10:20, 12:20, 14:22, 15:15, 16:47 and 18:50 (to be confirmed)
Sunday - None at present
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 - 09:10, 11:29, 13:39, 15:32, 16:25, 18:08, 19:57 and 21:31 (to be confirmed)
Sunday - None at present
return trains leave Westbury 17 minutes before departure times of SWINDON trains and Trowbridge 10 minutes before.

Public Transport services suspended or withdrawn permanently
271 bus to Bath - see 273 for alternatives from most stops
272 bus to Bath and to Devizes - see 273 for alternatives from most stops
x76 bus to Royal United Hospital - see 273 (above) for alternatives
x76 bus to Calne and Marlborough - no easy alterative
D3 bus to Bath (evenings and Sundays to Devizes) - see 273 (above) for alternatives
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
GWR can be contacted on 0345 7 000 125 online at https://www.gwr.com

Further afield ...
Buses beyond Bath - most services running to a Sunday timetable
GWR train services - London to Bristol services (via Chippenham) 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.

Senior bus passes now accepted "all day" (may mean 06:00 to 23:00)

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

Further afield ...
First Bus beyond Bath - most services running to a Saturday timetable from 23.3.2020
GWR train services - London to Bristol services (via Chippenham) reduced to hourly from 23.3.2020

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

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).

 

Current timetables - from May 2020
See Coronavirus page for advice
See Timetable page for current timetables.
Updated 22.5.2020 - expect 6 weeks validity

News and Upcoming ....
Next meeting - online, 10th June 2020
... but please get in touch before if you wish!

35 Years Young - 13th May 2020
Online celebration - details
Picture are online ((here))

Melksham Public Transport - Coronavirus
* 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


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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