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.
Peter Blackburn, chair of the Melksham Rail User Group, has been shortlisted for the "Outstanding Volunteer Contribution" at the ACoRP (Association of Community Rail Partnerships) national awards.
TransWilts have topped the GWR Severn and Solent passenger growth table with +13.64% increase in numbers last year. Total passengers on the line grew to 247,775
We are delighted to announce that our £60,000 bid to GWR CCIF round 2 was successful.
Fisrt Group and MTR have been awarded the new SW Franchise. The franchise will operate from 20th August 2017 to August 2024. Of particular interest to TransWilts is the commitment to New Stations: "We will work with stakeholders to progress plans for new stations such as Park Barn, Merrow and Wilton Parkway...".
Rail Minister Paul Maynard and TransWilts Chair Paul Johnson onboard the Designation Event train 2nd March discussing TransWilts progress and future plans. The GWR train was from the recently refurbished class 150 fleet with new paintwork and smart new interiors.
Rail Minister Paul Maynard has today (2nd March 2017) travelled on a special train service to mark the role of community rail and celebrate the Designation Service status awarded to TransWilts by the Minister. GWR arranged for the train to travel from Swindon to Salisbury along the proposed extended route to Southampton Airport. GWR included a stop at the proposed site of a new Wilton Parkway station. The station would serve as a park and ride to Salisbury, serve Wilton and new housing developments. There would be a shuttle bus connection to Stonehenge Visitor Centre just 7 miles away.
As a Designated CRP, we've negotiated with GWR so that the 08:49 Swindon-Westbury Via Melksham train is to become an off-peak service. This means that from the 3rd of January the return fare on this service is DOWN 27% to £7.40. We very much welcome and appreciate this positive response from GWR. Regular TransWilts commuters using this train will enjoy a substantial reduction in travel costs next year. The national fare increases for 2017 recently announced will in general increase a single fare by 10p and return fare by 20p.
Rail Minister Paul Maynard announces TransWilts Service Designation at ACoRP Awards 29th September. From Left: Lisa Ellis, Horace Prickett, John Hamley, Peter Blackburn, Rob Thomas, Paul Maynard, Graham Ellis, Paul Johnson, Bob Morrison, Nick Reid and Simon Buchanan-Morgan
Corsham have formed a Gateway Town Team with business funding to actively pursue Corsham Station in conjunction with the emerging Corsham Masterplan and Atkins Feasibility Report December 2015.
SWLEP Strategic Economic Plan "refresh" was approved by the SWLEP Board 20.1.2016. The document updates the April 2014 Plan. It contains three economic Growth Zones Swindon-M4, A350, and Salisbury-A303. There are 5 Objectives, Objective 2 identifies Transport Infrastructure Improvements. The plan is contained within the papers for the 20.1.2016 Board and may be accessed via a link on our Publications Page.
Wiltshire Bus Consultation under way - TransWilts community members suggest you take a look at Option 24/7 which offers an integrated network solution under a Quality Bus scheme. Also on Facebook (group option247) and Twitter @option247