Melksham railway station
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|Managed by||First Great Western|
|Number of platforms||1|
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Original company||Wilts, Somerset and Weymouth Railway|
|Pre-grouping||Great Western Railway|
|Post-grouping||Great Western Railway|
|05 September 1848||Opened|
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|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Melksham from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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Melksham railway station is a railway station serving the town of Melksham in Wiltshire, England. It is on the branch line from Chippenham to Trowbridge that was originally part of the Wilts, Somerset and Weymouth Railway, absorbed in 1850 by the Great Western Railway.
The station opened with the original section of the line between Thingley Junction and Westbury, on 5 September 1848. British Railways closed the station in 1966 but reopened it in 1985. The station had a siding which gave access to the former Wiltshire United Dairies/United Dairies creamery, last owned by Co-operative Wholesale Society Dairies, allowing access for milk trains. After its closure the dairy was converted into an industrial estate.
As of June 2009[update], Melksham station was served by two trains a day each way, operated by First Great Western, compared with five each way per day before the December 2006 timetable change. The Save The Melksham Train group campaign for improvements to the services on the line.
As noted above there were formerly two departures each way on weekdays and Saturdays from the station, but the Saturday service pattern was quite different to that during the week. There was also a single train each way on Sundays.
From the start of the December 2013 winter timetable, Melksham has a significantly improved service. Trains now run approximately every two hours each way Mon-Sat (with peak period extras - eight departures in total) and five trains each way on Sundays. Two weekday southbound services run through to Southampton Central.
Trains longer than one carriage cannot open all doors as the platform cannot accommodate them.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Chippenham||First Great Western
Wessex Main Line
Save The Train
The 'Save The Train' group was launched in 2005, to try and raise awareness that the services along the TransWilts Line were being cut down, as stated above to two trains per day (each way) only. They were concerned from the lack of train services linking local Wiltshire towns/city together. These are - Swindon, Chippenham, Melksham, Trowbridge, Westbury and some services through to Southampton Central. Prior to the introduction of extra services in late 2014, 'Save the Train' members transferred to the community element of the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership.
- MacDermot, E.T. (1927). History of the Great Western Railway 1 (1st ed.). Paddington: Great Western Railway. p. 295.
- "Then & Now — Melksham Railway Station". Wiltshire Times (Trowbridge). 15 June 2006.
- "TransWiltsRail: Melksham". Retrieved 20 April 2012.
- First Great Western Timetable Central 3 - Cardiff & Bristol to the South CoastFirst Great Western; Retrieved 2013-12-09
- Ellis, Graham. "Save the Train". Well House Consultants. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
- "Movement to TransWilts CRP". First Great Western Coffee Shop. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
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