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Public transport changes coming to Melksham

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CHANGES are being made to the timetables of Melksham’s bus and train services.

For bus users, the First D3 service from Melksham to Bath will be reduced from a half-hourly service to an hourly service during off-peak times. And there will also be some departure and running time alterations.

For train users, there will be changes to Melksham’s timetable, with some ‘significant’ changes to some services.

Explaining the changes, vice chair of Melksham Rail User Group, Graham Ellis, said, “On and from Sunday 10th November, the First D3 service from Melksham to Bath will only run hourly in the middle of the day. Services at busier times (and Sunday services) remain unaltered.  

“The 21:30 bus from Bath is extended and that means that evening buses now run from Bath at 18:00, 18:35, 20:00, 21:30 and 23:20 on Mondays to Saturdays – all through to Melksham Market Place, Melksham Forest, Queensway and Bowerhill.  

“Faresaver, who operate a similar number of buses to Bath during the day, and Chippenham, Frome, Corsham and Devizes services, are unaltered.”

“On and from Sunday 15th December, train times from Melksham are changed with some trains retimed significantly. All passengers are advised to check.  The changes come as a result of the new trains, more trains and  with faster journeys from Chippenham and Westbury to London, but the Melksham Rail User Group and others have worked with GWR to help ensure that local and long distance journeys to and from Melksham continue. 

“Amongst the changes, there will be an earlier train to Swindon and the final trains back from both Westbury and Swindon will be a little later. 

“Both the bus and train changes open up new public transport opportunities for Melksham, and the Melksham Rail User Group will be promoting them in the New Year, and looking to work further with all operators to continue to safeguard and improve Melksham’s public transport.   

“The Melksham Rail User Group meets next at 19:30 on Wednesday 27th November at the United Reform Church just off the Market Place – public meeting, all welcome.  Links to meeting details and to bus and train timetables at: http://mrug.org.uk.”

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