TransWilts has been awarded a £2,400 grant from the Designated Community Rail Development Fund (DCRDF) for the production of a business plan for vacant land at Melksham Station. As a designated line, TransWilts has access to funding from the Department of Transport administered by the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP).
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.
We are delighted that GWR have confirmed 2 car operation from the 2nd January 18 timetable.
Peter Blackburn, chair of the Melksham Rail User Group, has been shortlisted for the "Outstanding Volunteer Contribution" at the ACoRP (Association of Community Rail Partnerships) national awards.
TransWilts have topped the GWR Severn and Solent passenger growth table with +13.64% increase in numbers last year. Total passengers on the line grew to 247,775
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.
Fisrt Group and MTR have been awarded the new SW Franchise. The franchise will operate from 20th August 2017 to August 2024. Of particular interest to TransWilts is the commitment to New Stations: "We will work with stakeholders to progress plans for new stations such as Park Barn, Merrow and Wilton Parkway...".
Rail Minister Paul Maynard and TransWilts Chair Paul Johnson onboard the Designation Event train 2nd March discussing TransWilts progress and future plans. The GWR train was from the recently refurbished class 150 fleet with new paintwork and smart new interiors.
Rail Minister Paul Maynard has today (2nd March 2017) travelled on a special train service to mark the role of community rail and celebrate the Designation Service status awarded to TransWilts by the Minister. GWR arranged for the train to travel from Swindon to Salisbury along the proposed extended route to Southampton Airport. GWR included a stop at the proposed site of a new Wilton Parkway station. The station would serve as a park and ride to Salisbury, serve Wilton and new housing developments. There would be a shuttle bus connection to Stonehenge Visitor Centre just 7 miles away.
As a Designated CRP, we've negotiated with GWR so that the 08:49 Swindon-Westbury Via Melksham train is to become an off-peak service. This means that from the 3rd of January the return fare on this service is DOWN 27% to £7.40. We very much welcome and appreciate this positive response from GWR. Regular TransWilts commuters using this train will enjoy a substantial reduction in travel costs next year. The national fare increases for 2017 recently announced will in general increase a single fare by 10p and return fare by 20p.
Corsham have formed a Gateway Town Team with business funding to actively pursue Corsham Station in conjunction with the emerging Corsham Masterplan and Atkins Feasibility Report December 2015.