Interests: Buses, rail
When trains on the TransWilts Line (from Chippenham to Trowbridge) in Wiltshire were cut down to two each day, local people got together to fight for a better service. The TransWilts Community Rail Partnership succeeded in increasing the number of trains to eight each day.
Passengers flocked to use these improved services. The target was 40,000 in the first year; in fact, 180,000 used the line.
The TransWilts Community Rail Partnership decided to become a community interest company, now known as TransWilts cic. At the same time, the group has taken the opportunity to widen its objectives to include Wiltshire-wide train services, their connectivity with the TransWilts Line and essential bus-rail links.
The photo shows TransWilts members in Melksham on Carnival Day distributing timetables.
March 2017: TransWilts cic is holding a 'Three Stations Conference' on Wednesday 15 March. This conference gives the background, prospects, business case and timing for three new Wiltshire stations (at Wilton, Corsham and Royal Wootton Bassett). Attendance is free but places are limited - find out how to reserve one.
March 2016: In 2011 the business case for the TransWilts Line included a forecast that passenger numbers would reach 218,000 in five years. In fact the growth has exceeded all expectations, with passenger volumes reaching 235,000 in just two years. Find out more in this article in European Railway Review.
December 2015: TransWilts' latest newsletter has all the latest news and views from the Community Rail Partnership - and invites you to join as a Friend.
2015: Three new stations are central to our 2019 service campaign:
- Corsham serving the growing digital economy in the town
- The extension of TransWilts to Salisbury facilitates the opening of Wilton Park and Ride to serve Stonehenge's international and national visitor growth. The Wilton station would be just 7 miles from the visitor centre and a dedicated shuttle bus service would also serve the new Royal Artillery attraction opening in 2019
- Royal Wootton Bassett station will serve the MOD training centre at Lyneham, whilst providing a Park and Ride access to Swindon at M4 junction 16