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« on: September 29, 2016, 07:30:08 »

from TransWilts CRP (Community Rail Partnership) - our Way forward leaflet published today, carrying announcements made today.   Leaflet text follows.

As from Thursday, 29th September 2016, the TransWilts service is to become a Designated Rail Service.

And what had been a trial service will become an integral part of the Great Western franchise from December 2016.



December 2013 to December 2016, Passenger journeys have risen from around 18,000 per annum in 2012 to 235,000 in 2015 and (projected) over quarter of a million in 2016.

A special thanks to those who have made it possible:-
• Passengers
• Operational Staff
• Volunteers
• Great Western Railway management
• Department for Transport
• Wiltshire Council and its members and officers
• Town and Parish Councils
• Members of Parliament and candidates, present and past
• Advocates
• Press and publicity - broadcast, printed and online
• Campaign and Partnership groups
• Association of Community Rail Partnerships and TravelWatch SouthWest • Network Rail

and thanks:-
• to there being natural passenger flows that need and want to make the journey • to TransWilts being an all year, double ended, commuter and leisure line
• to an extra carriage running up to six more round trips a day

The trial service has worked well because each and every one of the groups and opportunities above have provided their support; in most cases over, above and beyond any call of duty.

Seed funding for this build up and trial has been provided as part of a Local Sustainable Transport Fund grant from the Department for Transport to Wiltshire Council. Community support has been channelled through the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership; a part of the TransWilts Community Interest Company, working with local groups such as the Melksham Rail Development Group and members of the West Wilts Rail Users Group.



What is a Designated Rail Service?

The Department for Transport designates routes as ‘Community Railways’. Designations are intended to clarify expectations and aspirations for the line. Designation can be either ‘Line’ or ‘Service’; the latter is generally used where there is heavy freight use, and that applies to the TransWilts.

Service designation changes the approach to franchise management, with more freedom given to the train operator working with the local community rail partnership. Service designation includes relevant stations too. In this case, Chippenham and Melksham are designated stations.

The Department for Transport, Network Rail and the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP (Association of Community Rail Partnerships)) have established a fund to help to support initiatives on designated community rail routes and services. The fund is administered by ACoRP and applications are be made by Community Rail Partnership officers responsible for officially Designated Community Rail routes.

What happens to the TransWilts service beyond December 10th, 2016?

The service becomes a contracted part of the Great Western Franchise, with the Department for Transport taking up options that are offered within the current agreement between the First Group and the Department. TransWilts joins well established Heart of Wessex, Severnside, and Devon and Cornwall services as community rail services within the franchise. All of these services have been well supported by the Department for Transport, their local transport authorities, the communities they serve, and by Great Western Railway and its predecessors leading to passenger volume and service growth far in excess of national averages.

From 11th December 2016, the train service continues to operate as it does at present, although the financial and administrative background are significantly altered. The current GWR (Great Western Railway) franchise (under which it will operate) runs until April 2019.

As part of the ongoing modernisation of the Great Western, Thames Valley and main lines, newer and longer trains are scheduled for transfer to the TransWilts line during the franchise period. Some extra services are planned to operate in order to uncouple the TransWilts line from the Stroud Valley line, which will be moving to an hourly pattern of through trains from London to Cheltenham Spa.

The TransWilts service remains a strategic element in Wiltshire Council’s Local Transport Plan though to 2026.

Designation gives further opportunities, including a more formal ability to tune fares and other connecting public transport services at designated stations.

Part of the current Southwest franchise bid (covering the south of the county) requires the successful bidder to make recommendations for the chaining together of local services Swindon - Westbury - Salisbury - Southampton (Central and Airport). This move is strongly supported by both the TransWilts CRP and the Three Rivers CRP, who look after the Service south of Salisbury. There is already noticeable passenger traffic from Melksham and north thereof to the Southampton area, and this joining up (with the provision of hourly service on all parts of the route) is a logical future direction. One option for the Swindon-to-Westbury section is for all hourly trains to carry on to Southampton. An alternative proposal is for alternate trains to carry on via Frome to Taunton, and (from 2019) to be extended from Swindon to Oxford and north thereof (Banbury, Leamington Spa, Coventry and Nuneaton).

As part of Network Rail’s plans for the modernisation and handling of cascaded rolling stock, a number of platforms, including that at Melksham, are scheduled to be lengthened. Plans are being examined for enhanced capacity and robustness. Options available include intermediate signals and loop(s) and reopening of platforms at Chippenham and Westbury, but these are very much more in the future than the Melksham platform extension.

Under Great Western’s CCIF (Customer and Communities Improvement Fund) grant scheme, and with match funding from Wiltshire Council’s area board and town and parish councils, significant improvements are planned to the access to Melksham Station and the ability of the station forecourt to safely handle the further strong growth which is anticipated.
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« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2016, 10:02:42 »

From the DfT» (Department for Transport - about) website:

consultation outcome:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/transwilts-line-community-rail-designation

press release:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/community-rail-plan-for-line-between-swindon-and-westbury-to-go-ahead

and TransWilts entry from "about this line" section

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/transwilts-community-rail-line
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« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2016, 14:04:22 »

At the very least there should be the opportunity for HQM to say 'Arise Sir Graham of Ellis' when the next lot of honours are given out. Roll Eyes
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« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2016, 19:41:41 »

The designation officially announced at the start of tonight's ACoRP (Association of Community Rail Partnerships) Community Rail Awards in Southport by Paul Maynard, Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport.





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« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2016, 20:13:47 »

My hearty congratulations to all of those involved in that success story!  Wink Cheesy Grin



And I note that your suit still fits, Bob - just! Shocked
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« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2016, 20:15:22 »

Suit goes back at midnight  Grin
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« Reply #6 on: September 29, 2016, 21:42:33 »

Justly deserved my congrats to all involved WP.
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« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2016, 00:58:08 »

And from the BBC» (British Broadcasting Corporation - home page)

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TransWilts rail service made permanent by government

A community rail service in Wiltshire has received permanent status from the government after a successful trial.
The TransWilts line links Westbury, Trowbridge, Melksham and Chippenham with Swindon.

The service is a partnership between Great Western Railway and TransWilts Community Rail Partnership.

The Department for Transport said: "Designating the line as a community service will breathe new life into this route and ensure its long-term future."

TransWilts Community Rail Partnership comprises local organisations, train operators, Wiltshire Council, rail users and other interest groups.

Community rail partnerships were set up by the Department for Transport to make local services more efficient.
TransWilts chairman Paul Johnson said: "We are delighted to achieve our service designation which recognises the efforts and support of our local members and volunteers in establishing improved local services."

Great Western Railway managing director Mark Hopwood said: "Community rail provides some of our fastest growing and most reliable services, and customer growth of our TransWilts services has been exceptional."

The 32-mile (51 km) TransWilts service launched in December 2013 and was funded via a Department for Transport (DfT» (Department for Transport - about)) grant of £4.25m, supporting the service for three years.

Just to clarify - the LSTF (Local Sustainable Transport Fund) grant covered a lot of other things too - in fact most of it was spend on other things than service support.
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« Reply #8 on: September 30, 2016, 01:08:46 »

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Great Western Railway managing director Mark Hopwood said: "Community rail provides some of our fastest growing and most reliable services, and customer growth of our TransWilts services has been exceptional."

The bit I've highlighted.

How exactly does community rail designation aid reliability?

Reliability should surely be a goal regardless of designation. You could argue that the flipside of that point is to say, because there's no group advocating use of trains in a particular area it's okay not to focus on reliability.
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« Reply #9 on: September 30, 2016, 06:44:41 »

How exactly does community rail designation aid reliability?

That' not what the quote says. It says "Community rail provides some of our fastest growing and most reliable services".  It does not claim any correlation between designation and reliability.

The TransWilts is actually one of the most difficult shorter distance services to keep reliable; interchanges with lots of other trains at both ends, shared tracks with other long distance trains where disruption a long way away can be passed on, and a single track which is shared with freight.
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« Reply #10 on: September 30, 2016, 08:31:40 »

BBC» (British Broadcasting Corporation - home page) Breakfast illustrating this story with HSTs (High Speed Train) going through Sydney Gardens.  Well it's a train in the West of England I suppose. Grin

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« Reply #11 on: September 30, 2016, 10:33:09 »

A GWR (Great Western Railway) track access application that has just closed a couple of days ago reports, inter alia, that the 6 contingent rights to services sponsored by Wilts CC become firm rights from Dec this year; putting the 9 services on a firmer footing.

This was probably already known but it is good to see it in print...

http://www.networkrail.co.uk/browse%20documents/track%20access/1%20current%20consultations/2016-08-30-first%20greater%20western%20limited-3rd%20sa-section%2022-%20closes%2027th%20september%202016/form%20p%20dec%2016%203rd%20sa%20final%20for%20external%20consultation.pdf

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« Reply #12 on: September 30, 2016, 10:43:52 »

A GWR (Great Western Railway) track access application that has just closed a couple of days ago reports, inter alia, that the 6 contingent rights to services sponsored by Wilts CC become firm rights from Dec this year; putting the 9 services on a firmer footing.

This was probably already known but it is good to see it in print...


This week is the first time the various backgrounds have become visible in public.  Grin
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« Reply #13 on: October 04, 2016, 10:11:01 »

From the Swindon Advertiser

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More say over TransWilts line handed to community by rail minister


Paul Johnson, chairman of TransWilts

RAIL passengers can expect more of a say on how their services are run after the TransWilts line was designated as a community rail service.

Community groups and passengers will now have more input over the design and operation of services under the new rail plan announced by Rail Minister Paul Maynard.

This will allow the community to work with Great Western Railway to design train services according to local needs on the 32-mile route between Swindon and Westbury. The aim is to increase passenger numbers, improve connectivity to key and boost the local economy.

GWR (Great Western Railway) will continue to operate passenger services, but it will be with the support of the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership, which is made up of local organisations, train operators, Wiltshire Council, rail users and other interest groups.

The partnership will have direct input in securing better services and station facilities for customers, including Chippenham and Melksham stations, which also fall under the proposals.

Mr Maynard said: "Designating the line as a community rail service will breathe new life into this route and ensure its long term future. Improved connections between Swindon and Westbury mean better journeys for customers and a boost for the local economy."

GWR managing director Mark Hopwood said: "Community rail provides some of our fastest growing and most reliable services, and customer growth our TransWilts services has been exceptional.

"Building on the six new TransWilts services launched in December 2013, we were very pleased to introduce a further two services in May working in partnership with Wiltshire Council and the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership.

"I know they will continue to go from strength to strength following the decision to designate the line and I offer my sincere congratulations to all involved."

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« Reply #14 on: October 22, 2016, 19:10:21 »

Looking at the SLC (Service Level Commitment) from Dec 16:

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Early Service arrives at destination no later than:
Westbury - Swindon  0615

Is this a mistake or has the SLC been changed and not publicised, as the first train from Melksham will still be the 07:48 arrival from December?
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