TransWilts cic

Operating since December 2013 as a three year trial, we became a Designated Community Rail Service in September 2016. The Service having been incorporated into the GWR Franchise from the December 2016 timetable. Our mission is to: "carry on activities which encourage and promote increasing usage of public transport for benefit of the communities living and working in Wiltshire and to represent the interests of local public transport users including rail and bus special interest groups in Swindon and Wiltshire, promoting improved connectivity between local services and the national network."

Since 2014 the number of train services has grown from 6 to 9 trains per day in 2016. Further enhancements are being planned using some of the flexibility available with our Designated status. From 2018 the rolling stock cascade after electrification doubles the capacity with two car units replacing the single car Class 153 rolling stock.

Our CIC organisation enables us to take a Wiltshire-wide view as well as providing active promotion of the TransWilts Rail Line. Since 2015 TransWilts cic incorporates the activities of the previous TransWilts Community Rail Partnership. A wider role is to consider coordination of both bus and rail issues in Wiltshire, and to provide support and impetus to Wiltshire’s priorities in the Local Transport Plan and the Swindon and Wiltshire LEP Transport Vision.

We see the line as an essential link for local communities and businesses along the route and liaise with all interested parties to promote the social, economic and environmental prosperity of our local communities. Our group of like-minded Friends membership seek to make better use of the TransWilts railway line, aiming to achieve positive, sustainable and imaginative development which benefit the communities it serves, including enhancement of facilities and services to meet the current and future travel requirements.

We support campaigns for rail and bus services, sustainable transport solutions using the expertise of the membership and partner organisations to provide reasoned arguments and deliverable outcomes.

Our partnership is particularly grateful for the financial support we receive from Wiltshire Council and GWR.

A Rail Magazine feature "Wilts flourishes" (issue 781 19th August 2015) gives an interesting overview and history. It is reproduced here with their kind permission. Details of our designation appeared in Rail magazine in issue 811 October 2016.


Policies

Organisation

Organisation Chart pdf

Friends membership policy pdf

Children and Vunerable People pdf

Diversity and Equality pdf

Volunteer Charter pdf

Data Protection pdf


Rail

Regional Rail Network 2020 Phasing pdf

Network Rail CP6 Long Term Planning Response pdf

TransWilts and MidWilts Corridor png

TW Technical Report -"Can an hourly passenger service run

reliably on the TransWilts single line section?" TR001

TW Technical Report - "Value of Travel Time" TR002

Designated Fares from Chippenham and Swindon to Salisbury Comparison TR003

Wiltshire Station Towns Populations and Passengers Table TR005

Community Rail Consultation Station Pareto TR006

RSSB Station Adoption Good Practice Guide - pdf

Railfuture Expanding the Railways - How to develop and deliver a proposal pdf

Ten Year Plan July 2017 - pdf


Bus and Sustainable Transport

Bus Policy pdf

Designated Buses - a presentation at Devizes Forum meeting 2015 pdf

TransWilts Travel Pass (Smart Ticketing) pdf

WHS Explorer Bus draft route map pdf

Cycle Policy pdf

Bus presentation pdf


Campaigns

TransWilts Service extension to Southampton Airport pdf

QCS - A draft Wiltshire Bus Proposal pdf

MidWilts Berks & Hants Proposal pdf

Melksham Station Community Improvements

Chippenham Station Community Heritage Platform

Re-open Corsham Station

Wilton Parkway - A proposal brochure

Avebury & Stonehenge Explorer Bus-Rail-Cycle

Salisbury P&R Stations

Swindon P&R Stations inc Royal Wootton Bassett

Devizes Station and Pewsey-Bedwyn service

Great Western Regional Train Service Bristol-Swindon-Oxford

MVA Delivering Strategies TransWilts Railway March 2011 pdf


Awards

2017

ACoRP Community Rail Awards Outstanding Volunteer Finalist "Peter Blackburn"

RailFuture Awards - Best Marketing Campaign

2016

ACoRP Community Rail Awards - Winner Best Marketing Campaign

2015

ACoRP Outstanding Volunteer Finalist " Lee Fletcher" pdf

RailFuture - Silver Award for Best Website "Great Western Forum" pdf

RailFuture - Silver Award for Best Campaign "TransWilts Line" pdf

RailFuture - Gold Award for Best Social Media Promotion "Weymouth Wizard" pdf

RailFuture - Silver Award for Best Individual Volunteer "Bob Morrison" pdf

Latest News

Melksham Station passenger growth continues

Melksham passenger numbers grew by 23% last year to  74,666. This growth rate is substantially above the rest of the GWR region. In total the Melksham passenger growth is 676% since the TransWilts service started in December 2013

Preliminary Melksham Survey Results

Melksham station surveys were carried out on 45 trains covering 1,546 passenger journeys and 194 survey forms completed.

Volunteer hours had an equivalent value of £1,064.

Top four journey improvements requested were passenger information, toilets, more train seats and bus connections.

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Capacity doubles with 2-car operation from 2nd January 18

We are delighted that GWR have confirmed 2 car operation from the 2nd January 18 timetable.

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Melksham Station Survey completed

Over the weekend of 21st and 22nd October, volunteers from TransWilts Community Rail Partnership and Melksham Rail User Group surveyed all passengers departing through Melksham station.

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Chippenham Rail Users Group Inaugural Meeting Sept 21st

Chippenham station has 1.8 million users per annum yet does not have a users representation group. There is an first meeting of a prospective Chippenham Rail User Group being held on 21st September at Methodist Church Hall, Monkton Hill, Chippenham.

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