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TransWilts awarded £60,000 for Melksham Station plans

We are delighted to announce that our £60,000 bid to GWR CCIF round 2 was successful.

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Great West Way

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.

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The Proposed Network

Our organisation takes a Wiltshire-wide view as well as developing and supporting the TransWilts Rail Line. The north-south TransWilts line is the coordinating link joining Wiltshire’s train routes and communities. Expansion of the through service from Swindon beyond Westbury to Salisbury and to Southampton Airport is a priority for us. The route was trialled to Salisbury by GWR as a "Designation Train" on 2nd March 2017 with the Rail Minister Paul Maynard on board.

Three new stations are in our 2020-2024 service campaign: 

The opening of Wilton Parkway will provide a P&R service to Salisbury, connections to London Waterloo and Southampton Airport. Also serving Stonehenge's international and national visitor growth. The station is included as a new station in the new SW franchise awarded to First Group and MTR. Wilton Parkway station would be just 7 miles from the Stonehenge visitor centre. See the station page for the proposals and illustrations.

Corsham serving the growing digital economy in the town. See the Corsham Station page for 2015 survey results, 98% of 715 replies would use the proposed station. A regional service is needed to serve the station. This service is likely to come as an extension to the East-West Rail from Oxford to Bristol, we are campaigning for this to be included in NR CP6. The service would also serve Royal Wootton Bassett Parkway adjacent to Swindon M4 Junction 16. An extension of the Bristol Metro system to Swindon would also serve Corsham and Royal Wootton Bassett. At Chippenham a 3rd platform, by reopening the unused heritage platform, would provide a local platform and a main line passing loop at Chippenham. 

 

550%

increase in Melksham station passenger journeys between 2011 and 2016

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new stations central to our 2020-2024 regional network proposal

250,000

Transwilts passenger journeys in 2016

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