A significantly improved direct train service is now running between Westbury and Swindon.
Timetables from 8th December 2013 ...
Monday to Friday - towards Swindon and towards Westbury
Saturday - towards Swindon and towards Westbury
Sunday - towards Swindon and towards Westbury
Times subjct to change at Bank Holidays and during weekend engineering works. Please check
Bold type indicates through services. Lighter type shows connections
in our diary ...|
11th December - 18:30 for 19:00 - MELKSHAM Area Board (Semington)
30th December - 19:30 TwCRP and MRDG review meeting
7th January 2014 - official launch of improved service at CHIPPENHAM
21st January 2014 - MELKSHAM Chamber of Commerce / new rail service questions for businesses
7th February 2014 - TransWilts CRP AGM, County Hall, TROWBRIDGE
25th February 2014 - ACoRP board meeting at which TwCRP membership will be considered
1st March 2014 - TravelWatch SouthWest, Taunton
22nd March 2014 - TransWilts Link, the Laverton, WESTBURY
21st June 2014 - RailFuture conference, Cambridge
Current documents on this site|
What is our CRP? - 21.9.2013
TransWilts Briefing - 28.8.2013
Looking forward to 2014 - 27.8.2013
Constitution - Adopted 31.8.2013
Individual Station Leaflets
Chippenham Southwards - 24.7.2013 to 12.2013
Melksham Train Opportunities - 24.7.2013 to 12.2013
Older but still valid technical papers
DfT Franchise submission - 3.2012
Case as presented to Area Board - 10.2011
and take a look through the links on the left too!
|Our Community Rail Partnership
There are three railway lines running east to west through Wiltshire - but only one joining the north of the county to the centre and south - and that's the TransWilts line from Swindon and Chippenham, via Melksham, to Trowbridge and Westbury, and onward to Dilton Marsh, Warminster and Salisbury. Swindon and Chippenham in the north, Trowbridge to the west, and Salisbury in the south are the four largest urban centres in the county, and Melksham - between them - is the fifth. And yet the train service in recent years has been sparse and ill-suited to the needs of the community who would us it if only there were appropriate services for their journeys.
The TransWilts Community Rail Partnership (TWCRP) is a group of like-minded organisations seeking to make better use of the TransWilts railway line.The partnership aims to achieve positive, sustainable and imaginative development of the TransWilts railway in ways which also benefit the places it serves, including enhancement of services to meet the current and future travel requirements of those places. It sees the line as an essential link for the local communities and businesses along the route, and as part of the projected strategic north - south rail link through an area experiencing major expansion. The TWCRP liaise with all interested parties to promote the social, economic and environmental prosperity of the local communities.
|News - what's going on?|
Here's what will be happening very soon
• Setting up individual station groups ...
25th October - Melksham Town Hall - 19:30
6th November - Swindon - 18:30 - venue t.b.a.
7th November - Trowbridge
12th November - Chippenham - Bridge Brasserie, 18:15
15th November - Westbury - Railway Tavern, 18:30
• Informing area boards
14th October - Westbury - DONE!
4th November - Chippenham
14th November - Trowbridge
11th December - Melksham
8th December 2013 ... Probable first day of new timetable; also Santa Special
WATCH for announcement of launch events!
7th February 2014 ... TransWilts CRP AGM, Trowbridge
1st March 2014 ... TravelWatch SouthWest, Taunton
22nd March 2014 ... TransWilts Link, The Laverton, Westbury
17th May 2014 ... Summer train service timetable starts
Here's what's happened recently
These events and others, and other news, don't just spring from no-where. There's discussions, planning and preparations going on too ...
19th October 2013 ... TransWilts Link, the Laverton, Westbury. An excellent meeting with some really knowledgeable people, looking at issues from the present to the far future, meeting notes initially at [here]
10th September 2013 ... Passenger Survey, Bradford-on-Avon; 17th September 2013 ... Passenger Survey, Westbury; 25th September 2013 ... Passenger Survey, Salisbury.
We've had volunteers at the station to count people onto the very first trains, to talk with them and to learn about their journeys. Picture - arriving at Westbury for the 05:24 to Salisbury.
31st August 2013 ... Special Meeting to formally adopt our constitution. Download approved constitution [here] and report of meeting [here]. Finally, there's the published minutes of the Public Meeting, [here].
26th August 2013 ... First Great Western retimed the morning train on Bank Holiday Monday to give residents of Melksham a day-trip opportunity to Weymouth. See [here] for Melksham Summer 2013 timetable including special days and [here] for a report on the day.
23rd July 2013 ... Fifteen of our volunteers assisted Wiltshire Council and Atkins (their consultants) in a survey of passengers departing from Chippenham Station. See [here] for picture report and [here] for Chippenham / South summer 2013 timetable including special days.
8th June 2013 (follow up to February 2013 and December 2012). "TransWilts Link" is a meeting of community groups right across Wiltshire (and just over the borders where transport links go to neighbouring counties too) to provide a connected and informed discussion and input to travel planning professionals and elected representatives in our area, and to help share experience and best practise. Meeting report [here].
28th May 2013 ... We took the opportunity of a change of train times on the May Day public holiday to publicise the possibility of a day trip to Weymouth ... we limited that publicity to avoid an over-full train and as many people as possible had a great day out! Trip report [here].
We're updating the TransWilts web presence too as we move from being a group of campaigners who were looking to convince the powers-that-be that the train service offered wasn't appropriate into a group that's fully supporting and working with all parties now that a consensus has been reached. We're no longer exchanging views over what we want to achieve - we're now working together so we can achieve a common goal!
|About this site|
You're at our home page!
Whether you're here to find out about train services, to look for ideas for days out, to volunteer to help us, or to support our work for an improved train service, we have a page for you.
The TransWilts Community Rail Partnership is working alongside the Wessex Association of Chambers of Commerce, Wiltshire Council, Network Rail, and First Great Western under the banner "Trans Wilts Rail".
We have a number of domains set up for future use ... all hosted here at present:
http://www.transwiltsrail.org.uk - The main public information site
http://www.transwilts.org.uk - marketing the use of the line. Day trips, etc
http://www.twcrp.org.uk - Partnership organisation, admin, meetings and discussions
http://www.transwiltslink.org.uk - Connections and connectional services. Part of a network
The following sites may also be of interest
[link] to Press Officer's blog / articles on TransWilts topics
[link] Passenger discussion forum - train services and other public transport in the Thames Valley and South West of England
[link] First Great Western company site - our current train operating partner.
TransWilts Community Rail Partnership - http://www.twcrp.org.uk - email@example.com
Community Rail Partnership
• Change at Swindon for Didcot, Reading and London (Paddington)
• Change at Chippenham or Trowbridge for Bath and Bristol
• Change at Westbury for Weymouth and the West of England
• Change at Salisbury for Southampton and Portsmouth, Basingstoke and London (Waterloo)