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« on: July 03, 2007, 02:07:22 pm »

Transport 2000 has launched a competition to find the train stations in England and Wales that are most difficult to travel to (links below.)
http://www.transport2000.org.uk/news/maintainNewsArticles.asp?NewsArticleID=393

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=PcEpPJbr6Jzp7mdXX_2fD3mw_3d_3d
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« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2007, 03:37:03 pm »

I've had an email from T2000 asking me to give publiocity to this competiton (Lee, I guess you've done that already for me).   I wrote back as follows:

Of course, Melksham station will be the easy winner of your competition ;-) ...

In the back of the industrial estate, with fork lifts unloading HGVs right outside the station gate, it's an obstacle course to get to the station. The BBC came to record a TV interview with the real sounds, but we had to move elsewhere away from the industrial noises.    There ARE cycle lockers - but no-one knows where the keys are.  It's said they're held at the town hall, 3/4 of a mile away.

Buses to the station?   Not a chance!  and no taxis, an no phone to call one.   Even the information point to contact the train company has been broken for weeks ...

Does this serve a small community?   No, it's the only station for a town of 24,000, with more people living within 10km than within 10km of any other station in Wiltshire.

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« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2007, 04:32:21 pm »

There ARE cycle lockers - but no-one knows where the keys are.  It's said they're held at the town hall, 3/4 of a mile away.

Thanks grahame , I had always wondered about that.....
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« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2007, 04:05:54 pm »

More on this in the link below.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6965043.stm
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« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2007, 10:48:30 am »

Here is a Transport 2000 press release on this (link below.)
http://www.transport2000.org.uk/news/maintainNewsArticles.asp?NewsArticleID=414

Good to see the Melksham issue highlighted , along with other worthy FGW - served stations.

One thing puzzles me though. Quote :

"Bristol Temple Meads was highlighted by respondents as being poorly-signposted from the town centre and lacking a bus connection to the Bedminster area."

Just a thought , but why not use the train?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bedminster_railway_station
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« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2007, 07:22:06 pm »

Transport 2000 has launched a competition to find the train stations in England and Wales that are most difficult to travel to (links below.)
http://www.transport2000.org.uk/news/maintainNewsArticles.asp?NewsArticleID=393

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=PcEpPJbr6Jzp7mdXX_2fD3mw_3d_3d
Newquay must be in the top ten for getting to by rail! pretty poor for Cornwalls second largest town!
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