We are delighted to announce that our £60,000 bid to GWR CCIF round 2 was successful. Matched funding totalling £10,000 was supplied equally by Melksham Area Board, Melksham Town Council and Melksham Without Council.

The grant builds on the preliminary work carried out with last year's £6,000 and the matched funding provided by Wiltshire Council, Melksham Town Council, Melksham Area Board and Melksham Without Council. A Melksham Station Masterplan will be developed with the funding, including considering the pedestrian access to the station and the various issues arising from the increasing number of passengers using Melksham Station.

Passenger numbers have grown five fold and the platform length is being increased by Network Rail from one to three cars by 2019. The grant will enable Atkins consultants to explore the design options at Melksham station taking into account future growth and the increasing access issues arising from the current passenger growth. The study will build on the initial feasibility study carried out last year on a northern pedestrian/cycle access linking to Foundry Close.

We expect the study work to be completed in 2017 early 2018, which will then provide the basis for future applications for construction scheme funding.

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Melksham station surveys were carried out on 45 trains covering 1,546 passenger journeys and 194 survey forms completed.

Volunteer hours had an equivalent value of £1,064.

Top four journey improvements requested were passenger information, toilets, more train seats and bus connections.

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Capacity doubles with 2-car operation from 2nd January 18

We are delighted that GWR have confirmed 2 car operation from the 2nd January 18 timetable.

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Melksham Station Survey completed

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Sunday Timetable improvement for Chippenham

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