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Title: Melksham Rail User Group (MRUG) meeting - Wednesday 20th March 2019
Post by: grahame on March 04, 2019, 07:13:52 pm
Melksham Rail User Group (MRUG) meeting - Wednesday 20th March 2019, Melksham Town Hall, 19:30
Public meeting - all welcome

1. Changes to Car Parking arrangements at Melksham Station from June 2019
2. Melksham Station Hub - Coffee Shop, Information, Warm Waiting and a friendly volunteer smile - update
3. Timetable changes from December 2019 to fit in with new faster main line timetable

These changes are all pretty significant and there are elements of the parking and timetable changes that will not be at all popular. We encourage all users and potential users to come along on 20th and learn from Paul Johnson of TransWilts about car parking and the Hub, and from [one of us to be agreed]  about the likely timetable changes. These have been partially shared with us late in the day, with very limited potential indeed for amendment to suit local needs - but we can try.

Melksham Rails User Group officers meet at the end of this week to finalise the agenda and documentation, and to review possible actions / responses that may come from the meeting.

Further information - info@mrug.org.uk


Title: Re: Melksham Rail User Group (MRUG) meeting - Wednesday 20th March 2019
Post by: ChrisB on March 05, 2019, 09:44:11 am
I'm guessing that you've become popular enough at attracting customers that they've decded to start charging for car parking?


Title: Re: Melksham Rail User Group (MRUG) meeting - Wednesday 20th March 2019
Post by: grahame on March 05, 2019, 10:03:12 am
I'm guessing that you've become popular enough at attracting customers that they've decded to start charging for car parking?

A somewhat deeper story than that - the secretary / chair / vice chair of MRUG are being briefed / updated on Thursday in preparation for the MRUG meeting to which all are welcome on 20th.  Timing is such that anyone at the TravelWatch SouthWest meeting will be comfortably able to make the Melksham meeting too.

The first figures I was given for Melksham passenger numbers by the ORR were around 3,000 journeys per annum. We're now at around 75,000.  If you look at journeys per head of population in the catchment and make comparison, if you talk with people here about, you'll get an understanding that with all of the ducks in a line those numbers should increase to around a quarter of a million.   The number of people parking now roughly equates to the number of spaces in the main car park, and there's a need to provide more (one of the ducks); currently, there's additional parking by the station gate - but that needs to be moved away from all-day parking into a more formally arranged kiss-and-ride area for safety's sake (another duck) ... and so it goes on.  Buses ...

Come along on 20th ... learn more  ;D


Title: Re: Melksham Rail User Group (MRUG) meeting - Wednesday 20th March 2019
Post by: ChrisB on March 05, 2019, 11:08:57 am
I would if I could!....but the same apology to you that I have given to TWSW...I'm in Jersey on the 19th evening & Newcastle on the evening of the 20th already....


Title: Re: Melksham Rail User Group (MRUG) meeting - Wednesday 20th March 2019
Post by: grahame on March 05, 2019, 11:19:47 am
I would if I could!....but the same apology to you that I have given to TWSW...I'm in Jersey on the 19th evening & Newcastle on the evening of the 20th already....

No problem, ChrisB - the evening meeting is a public one, but it's "Melksham Rail User Group" - timed for arrivals on "Train 2000" and the previous one, and anticipating that people will be going home locally within the catchment when the meeting finishes. Note for other readers - we will be done in time for the late bus to Bath and I'm sure lifts back to Chippenham or Trowbridge, which have trains running up to a sensible time later in the evening, will be available!


Title: Re: Melksham Rail User Group (MRUG) meeting - Wednesday 20th March 2019
Post by: grahame on March 08, 2019, 09:02:54 am
19:30 on Monday 25th March 2019, Melksham Town Council consider the planning application which has been lodged with Wiltshire Council by TransWilts for the Melksham Hub.

https://planning.wiltshire.gov.uk/Northgate/PlanningExplorer/ApplicationSearch.aspx and enter 19/01827/FUL

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1 Station Approach Melksham SN12 8BN    Expansion of existing car park by change of use of open storage and administration building to car park, and change of use of administration building to community cafe with associated external facilities including new storage shed.

Melksham Rail User Group officers were briefed by the TransWilts team yesterday in preparation for the meetings on 20th and 25th March.  Initial feedback positive (and so it should be - a great deal of work has gone into making these excellent plans that everyone can get behind).


Title: Re: Melksham Rail User Group (MRUG) meeting - Wednesday 20th March 2019
Post by: grahame on March 14, 2019, 12:31:39 pm
An update on the hub and meeting published into today's Melksham News - page 9 - on line edition at https://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/html5/reader/production/default.aspx?pubname=&pubid=e45a5471-2e6d-4694-9a3c-160d71ec9a40 , screen capture at http://www.wellho.net/pix/mkmhub_min_20190314.jpg .



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