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...".
The Wilton Parkway station would be served by a TransWilts service extension south of the existing Swindon to Westbury service through Salisbury to Southampton Airport. Until the new Great Western franchise is renewed in 2019 First Group control both the franchises that serve Wiltshire. This gives us a window of opportunity to rationalise the existing franchise timetables to provide an hourly TransWilts service.