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  • TransWilts have appointed Sophie Martin as our new Community Rail Officer. She may be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Sophie's appointment coincides with and supports the Department of Transport's (DfT) October 2018 Community Rail Strategy.

  • Our thanks for the fantastic community support for our proposals for a Hub/Café at Melksham Station. Melksham's Area Board, Town Council, Melksham Without Council and Bowerhill Villager have in total committed £17,000 matched funding supporting TransWilts GWR CCIF grant application.

  • I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself – I am Sophie Martin, TransWilts new Community Rail Officer. I am very excited for this new opportunity in community rail and am keen to help promote and develop the services on the TransWilts line. If you have community rail information you feel I need to be aware of or would simply like to introduce yourself, please feel free to contact me – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - 07379 175055.

  • 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).

  • This free app has been designed locally especially with Wiltshire’s and our TransWilts train users in mind. We’re bringing you GWR’s latest and up to the minute departure information directly to your phone or laptop.

  • Melksham passenger numbers grew by 23% last year to  74,666. This growth rate is substantially above the rest of the GWR region. In total the Melksham passenger growth is 676% since the TransWilts service started in December 2013.

  • 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.

  • Over the weekend of 21st and 22nd October, volunteers from TransWilts Community Rail Partnership and Melksham Rail User Group surveyed all passengers departing through Melksham station.

  • We are pleased to have negotiated an improvement to the Sunday service which is effective immediately and increases the service connections to Chippenham. The "Summer Sunday" service has effectively become an all year round 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. 

  • Members attended the Annual General Meeting on 6th May.

  • 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.

  • TransWilts attended the Great West Way Conference on 30th March. A tremendously worthwhile day launching the Visit Wiltshire bid for Visit England funding to create a Great West Way tourism corridor between Bristol and London.

  • 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...".

  • For all the very hard voluntary work put in to promotional material for the TransWilts service calling at Melksham, Lisa Ellis was presented 10th March 2017 with an "Enhancing Melksham 2016" award at the Mayor's reception.  

  • 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.

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