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).
News and Upcoming ....
download printable timetable to May 2021
Lockdown - Melksham times / mostly correct.
21:36 Saturday Swindon-Westbury not running
Some connections thinned out
Notes for 13.1.21 ((here)), minutes ((here))
Next MRUG meeting - 17 March 2021.
Input to bypass consultation - ((here))
|4 Sept 20 / Car park - pay cash or phone in to RingGo 0203 046 0060 / location code 21575. ((details))|
* Unusually detailed message on Journeycheck
* The central way - a new option opened up for station access?
* Class 769s entering service
* Day trips from Xxxxx ... early choices for early summer
* MOVED: any indication of when we can get back on the trains?
* FoSBR: Every 15 Minutes
* any indication of when we can get back on the trains?