The Anonymous Widower

A Cheering Community Rail Story From Wiltshire

This article from the Wiltshire Times is entitled Station Scheme Gets Under Way.

The article talks about Melksham station and how the Transwilts Partnership and Great Western Railway are improving the station.

  • A new community cafe, 53 car parking spaces and a bus interchange will be provided.
  • GWR will lease land from Wiltshire Council and lay out and manage 75 parking spaces.
  • Transwilts appear to be funding the community cafe.
  • Car park improvements will be paid for by new parking charges.
  • Passenger numbers have grown from 10,000 in 2013 to more than 75,000 last year.
  • GWR have doubled the number of carriages on the route.

The last two points, must mean that everybody involved must be doing something right.

I’ll finish with this quote from Dan Okey of GWR.

We believe very strongly in community rail and in this route and we want to see it continue to grow.

This partnership between GWR and the local comminity rail partnership, could and should be copied elsewhere.

May 11, 2018 Posted by | Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

An Extension To TransWilts

This article on Rail Technology Magazine is entitled Maynard visits proposed Westbury-Salisbury extension to TransWilts line.

This is said.

The proposed site of a new station at Wilton that would connect Westbury and Salisbury was visited by rail minister Paul Maynard yesterday, as the MP travelled on a special GWR 1005 Swindon to Salisbury service to mark the role that community rail was playing in the region.

I like the concept of TransWilts, which I wrote about in A Trip Around Wiltshire.

I think it just shows how rail can be developed in rural counties. According to the article, TransWilts carried 20% more passengers last year.

March 4, 2017 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Is Community Rail A Good Thing?

This article from the BBC is entitled TransWilts rail service made permanent by government.

It would certainly appear that the revived fifty kilometre service across Wiltshire has been a success.

The line may not be as spectacular as Settle-Carlisle, but like that famous line, Transwilts seems to show that Community Rail lines work.

September 30, 2016 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment

A Station For Stonehenge?

Stonehenge is difficult to get to by public transport. Not that I ever have, as although I’ve been past the monument many times, the only time I’ve been was in the last year at Primary School, when we had a field trip to Dinton in Wiltshire. In those days you could walk unhindered amongst the stones and I do feel that any trip now would be an anti-climax.

But according to this article in the Salisbury Journal entitled Designs for new Wilton Parkway project unveiled, it’s going to get a lot easier to get to Stonehenge. The article says this.

Designs for a new railway station at Wilton have been unveiled.  The vision for Wilton Parkway has been outlined in a brochure, which includes architects impressions of what the site could look like, which would be built adjacent to the existing Salisbury Park and Ride in Wilton.

It would be on the Salisbury to Bristol line and part of the Trans Wilts route which will run north to south in the county.  The brochure says it would “provide new capacity for passengers to access the National Rail Network using direct trains to London, Southampton, Swindon, Bristol and Cardiff” and support sustainable access to Salisbury with a highly attractive five minute journey time”.

The new station would also “offer a fast, high capacity rail-bus link to the World Heritage Site at Stonehenge”.

This is an early artists impression of the station.

Wilton Parkway Station

Wilton Parkway Station

It would appear that one of the driving forces behind this new station is Transwilts, which is the local Community Rail Partnership.

Hopes are that the station will open in 2019. I hope they’ve checked for bats, newts and Nimbys!

October 3, 2015 Posted by | Transport | , , , | 1 Comment