Come along and enjoy the train service ... after a mad busy May and June getting promotions in place and answering longer term consultation, we're enjoying seeing you all on the TransWilts trains through the summer.|
... 29th August - visit by transport minister Clare Perry - report
... 30th and 31st August - Comicon
... 6th and 7th September - River Festival
... 14th September - Trains replaced by buses
And trains all day every day in the Summer & Autumn timetable - [here] (occasional bus replacement due to engineering works)
|Our Community Rail Partnership
There are three railway lines running east to west through Wiltshire - but only one joining the north of the county to the centre and south - and that's the TransWilts line from Swindon and Chippenham, via Melksham, to Trowbridge and Westbury, and onward to Dilton Marsh, Warminster and Salisbury. Swindon and Chippenham in the north, Trowbridge to the west, and Salisbury in the south are the four largest urban centres in the county, and Melksham - between them - is the fifth. And yet the train service in recent years has been sparse and ill-suited to the needs of the community who would use it if only there were appropriate services for their journeys.
The TransWilts Community Rail Partnership (TWCRP) is a group of like-minded organisations seeking to make better use of the TransWilts railway line.The partnership aims to achieve positive, sustainable and imaginative development of the TransWilts railway in ways which also benefit the places it serves, including enhancement of services to meet the current and future travel requirements of those places. It sees the line as an essential link for the local communities and businesses along the route, and as part of the projected strategic north - south rail link through an area experiencing major expansion. The TWCRP liaise with all interested parties to promote the social, economic and environmental prosperity of the local communities.
We are proud that these organisation have provided significant assistance in achieving the recent improvements in train services on the section of line from Swindon to Westbury:
|News - what's going on?|
Here's what has happened recently (see top banner for upcoming events!)
These events and others, and other news, don't just spring from no-where. There's discussions, planning and preparations going on too ...
5th / 6th April - To London, Oxford, Bristol - spring opportunities [link]
12th / 13th April - TrainWest, Melksham - come by train [link]
16th April - TransWilts admitted as full ACoRP member - [here]
Easter Weeks - Melksham to Weymouth by train - [link]
26th / 27th April - To Oxford, Swindon, London - spring opportunities
1st March 2014 TWSW, Taunton
5th March 2014 ACoRP board considered our memberhip application
More Qns - approved only in principle
11th March 2014 Melksham Forward
12th March 2014 Buses, BATH
13th March 2014 LSTF review, TROWBRIDGE
21st March 2014 TwCRP Officers
22nd March 2014 TransWilts Link, the Laverton, WESTBURY [details]
27th March 2014 Transport Minister Stephen Hammond visits Melksham Station
27th March 2014 WWRUG AGM - Bradford-on-Avon
31st March 2014 FGW / TwCRP liaison
7th February 2014 ... TransWilts CRP AGM, Trowbridge
1st March 2014 ... TravelWatch SouthWest, Taunton
22nd March 2014 ... TransWilts Link, The Laverton, Westbury
17th May 2014 ... Summer train service timetable starts
30th December 2013 ... Melksham Rail Development Group and TransWilts Rail CRP
18th December - New sign board at Melksham and additional parking spaces
9th December - First new weekday commuter train
8th December - Start of new service / First train waved off
Adverts in Newspapers, leaflet distribution, BBC local radio - lots of activity to tell people that there's now a useful train service running on the TransWilts line and getting them to try it out.
6th November - Swindon - 18:30 - venue t.b.a.
15th November - Westbury - Railway Tavern, 18:30
19th October 2013 ... TransWilts Link, the Laverton, Westbury. An excellent meeting with some really knowledgeable people, looking at issues from the present to the far future, meeting notes initially at [here]
Secretary's record of the meeting TransWilts Meeting Notes 191013.pdf
10th September 2013 ... Passenger Survey, Bradford-on-Avon; 17th September 2013 ... Passenger Survey, Westbury; 25th September 2013 ... Passenger Survey, Salisbury.
We've had volunteers at the station to count people onto the very first trains, to talk with them and to learn about their journeys. Picture - arriving at Westbury for the 05:24 to Salisbury.
31st August 2013 ... Special Meeting to formally adopt our constitution. Download approved constitution [here] and report of meeting [here]. Finally, there's the published minutes of the Public Meeting, [here].
26th August 2013 ... First Great Western retimed the morning train on Bank Holiday Monday to give residents of Melksham a day-trip opportunity to Weymouth. See [here] for Melksham Summer 2013 timetable including special days and [here] for a report on the day.
23rd July 2013 ... Fifteen of our volunteers assisted Wiltshire Council and Atkins (their consultants) in a survey of passengers departing from Chippenham Station. See [here] for picture report and [here] for Chippenham / South summer 2013 timetable including special days.
8th June 2013 (follow up to February 2013 and December 2012). "TransWilts Link" is a meeting of community groups right across Wiltshire (and just over the borders where transport links go to neighbouring counties too) to provide a connected and informed discussion and input to travel planning professionals and elected representatives in our area, and to help share experience and best practise. Meeting report [here].
28th May 2013 ... We took the opportunity of a change of train times on the May Day public holiday to publicise the possibility of a day trip to Weymouth ... we limited that publicity to avoid an over-full train and as many people as possible had a great day out! Trip report [here].
We're updating the TransWilts web presence too as we move from being a group of campaigners who were looking to convince the powers-that-be that the train service offered wasn't appropriate into a group that's fully supporting and working with all parties now that a consensus has been reached. We're no longer exchanging views over what we want to achieve - we're now working together so we can achieve a common goal!
|About this site|
You're at our home page!
Whether you're here to find out about train services, to look for ideas for days out, to volunteer to help us, or to support our work for an improved train service, we have a page for you.
The TransWilts Community Rail Partnership is working alongside the Wessex Association of Chambers of Commerce, Wiltshire Council, Network Rail, and First Great Western under the banner "Trans Wilts Rail".
We have a number of domains set up for future use ... all hosted here at present:
http://www.transwiltsrail.org.uk - The main public information site
http://www.transwilts.org.uk - marketing the use of the line. Day trips, etc
http://www.twcrp.org.uk - Partnership organisation, admin, meetings and discussions
http://www.transwiltslink.org.uk - Connections and connectional services. Part of a network
The following sites may also be of interest
[link] to Press Officer's blog / articles on TransWilts topics
[link] Passenger discussion forum - train services and other public transport in the Thames Valley and South West of England
[link] First Great Western company site - our current train operating partner.
TransWilts Community Rail Partnership - http://www.twcrp.org.uk - firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Rail Partnership
• Change at Swindon for Didcot, Reading and London (Paddington)
• Change at Chippenham or Trowbridge for Bath and Bristol
• Change at Westbury for Weymouth and the West of England
• Change at Salisbury for Southampton and Portsmouth, Basingstoke and London (Waterloo)