Chippenham station has 1.8 million users per annum yet does not have a users representation group. TransWilts Community Interest Company represent public transport users in Wiltshire and already have a successful rail users group operating in Melksham. There is an first meeting of a prospective Chippenham Rail User Group being held on 21st September at Methodist Church Hall, Monkton Hill, Chippenham.
Call in for a chat between 5pm and 6.30pm on your way home from the station or attend at 7pm for a presentation and discussion. We will have a senior representative from GWR at the meeting who will provide an update on development plans at the station.
Chippenham Station is used by thousands of rail passengers every week - but there is not ... yet ... an established group through which passengers can talk with the train operator. TransWilts (Swindon to Westbury) is a recently designated service and Chippenham Station comes within its remit. There are user groups at most stations in Wiltshire, with the exception of Chippenham and Pewsey The purpose of holding an "inaugural meeting" in September is to see if one should be setup, if there are people to do so, and what shape it would take.
Rail user and station friends groups cover the majority of UK stations. They differ widely from group to group, but all provide a way for local rail users (and potential rail users) to get together, to talk with the train operator, and to learn more about what's going on. Many provide opportunities to get involved in volunteer activities and take a pride in their station too. They are generally regarded as positive by the train operators, who get co-ordinated inputs and suggestions they might not have thought of (after all, GWR have 210 stations to look after), and by the passengers who end up being better informed locally.
At TransWilts, most of the work is voluntary (over and above the call of paid duty!) - we're a community organisation with very close links to both the train operators and council; our suggestions have helped get improvements for local conditions, and our volunteer team has helped in many ways, including marketing and surveys - helping us keep the trial service from Chippenham to Westbury - and understand the detail of why it’s working and how it should progress in the future. That's good for users and operators alike.
Some issues that you may want to give us your views on include:
• Only two trains per day to Salisbury and Southampton
• Proposals for development around the station
• Installation of ticket gates
• No late evening services from Bristol, Bath or Westbury
• Peak fares to London
• Connections for journeys to Midlands and the North
• Electrification and new trains
• Pick up and bus access only available via Station Hill
• Planned 40% increase in car parking
• Low cost fares and best routes
• Leisure fares and destinations
There will be members of the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership available to answer questions and presenting their 10 year Strategy for Rail in Wiltshire.
We hope that there will be sufficient interest to form a Rail Users Group for Chippenham station.
Come along and see how you may be able to make a difference!
If you can’t make the meeting you can learn more via our website