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« on: November 17, 2018, 06:59:14 am »

All at 19:30 at Melksham Town Hall.  All welcome.

On 28th November 2018, members meet the new TransWilts Community Rail Officer - Sophie Martin.  Very much a "meet and greet" as she works her way into the role - getting to know the volunteers and active team  in the town.   We do look forward to hearing a little of here plans for the coming months and year

On 23rd January 2019,  The Melksham Rail User Group has invited Paul Johnson, Chair of TransWilts, to talk to us about Melksham Station Hub and traffic growth plans.  Passenger numbers have grown from under 10,000 per annum prior to 2014 to around 75,000 in the latest published figures, and projections based on population catchment would suggest this figure should continue to rise once additional train capacity is selected in the figures (December 2019).

Regular meeting dates for 2019 -
Wednesday 23 January 2019
Wednesday 20 March 2019
Wednesday 22 May 2019
Wednesday 24 July 2019
Wednesday 18 September 2019
Wednesday 27 November 2019
Very likely to be extras

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« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2018, 11:09:40 am »

So good to see such a good turn out from a wide range of interests, and specialisms. Melksham is on the way up, and hopefully service extensions and improved frequency will become a fact quickly Do support us again in Jnauary.
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« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2018, 06:40:33 pm »

While it was indeed encouraging to see such a good turn out, certainly compared to the early days of the group, I was a little disappointed not to hear more (or indeed, anything much) from the new TransWilts Community Rail Officer. It seemed to me that Mr. Johnson made a point of doing all the talking for her, whereas actually I went along primarily to learn what she was going to bring to the role.
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« Reply #3 on: Yesterday at 06:20:43 am »

While it was indeed encouraging to see such a good turn out, certainly compared to the early days of the group, I was a little disappointed not to hear more (or indeed, anything much) from the new TransWilts Community Rail Officer. It seemed to me that Mr. Johnson made a point of doing all the talking for her, whereas actually I went along primarily to learn what she was going to bring to the role.

The MRUG request to TransWilts was for the new Community Rail Officer to come along, introduce herself, and tell us a little about plans for 2019 at the November meeting, and for her chair (Mr Johnson) to come along to the January meeting and tell us about plans for the Melksham Hub.  However, it was clearly felt that an update on the Melksham Hub was so important that it was allowed to take so much time that many other important issues were left.   I would be very hopeful (and I hope it's not a false hope) that having given over November to the Hub, that the hub could be covered by a brief update from the CRO in January and she could then cover the other introduction and activity topics which we had gone along to hear about in November.
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