MP's all aboard for improved TransWilts rail service

This Is Wiltshire: MP Duncan Hames chats with rail traveller Richard Coates MP Duncan Hames chats with rail traveller Richard Coates

MP Duncan Hames greeted commuters on a train from Trowbridge to Swindon this morning, as part of the launch of the new TransWilts service.

First Great Western’s draft timetable now has an additional six trains a day in each direction from Monday to Saturday – meaning there will be one train approximately every two hours, including early morning and evening services in both directions.

There will also be an additional four trains on Sundays throughout the year, with at least one seasonal service connecting with the existing Westbury to Weymouth service in each direction.

Mr Hames, MP for the Chippenham constituency, was selling and checking tickets on the 7.38am train from Trowbridge to Swindon, which also stopped at Melksham and Chippenham on its way from Westbury to Swindon.

He said: “I’m really delighted we could get the grant to make it possible to run this service.

“It has been a long campaign by the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership, who I have worked closely with for a number of years.

“The service will particularly benefit Melksham, where we saw services cut to just two trains a day eight years ago, which meant commuters had to change trains to get to where they needed to go.

“It was great to meet all the customers and I want to be in a situation where we want more carriages on an over-subsidised service. It is important that people use the service now it’s here.”

The subsidised Trans Wilts Rail Service forms part of Wiltshire Council’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund project.

Funding for the project comes after the council successfully bid for a Department for Transport (DfT) grant of £4.25m, which will support the improved service for three years.

Richard Coates, who was travelling on the service, said: “It’s not only going to save me time from changing trains, particularly at Bath, it will also save me money.”

A single ticket from Trowbridge to Swindon will cost £13.40 and an anytime day return £17.60. A single ticket from Melksham to Swindon will cost £6.50, and an anytime day return £8.90.

A single ticket from Chippenham to Swindon will cost £7.50 and an anytime day return £8.90, while a single ticket from Westbury to Swindon will cost £13.40 and an anytime day return £17.60.

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10:58am Mon 9 Dec 13

sir roy.orbit of chippenham says...

"Mr Hames, MP for the Chippenham constituency, was selling and checking tickets on the 7.38am train from Trowbridge to Swindon"

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Good idea. You are doing the right thing by planning ahead for a change of career as the general election will soon be upon us.
Perhaps get used to the food and drinks trolley too. It's a tight squeeze down the aisles but it'll come with practise.
Good luck at the interview.
"Mr Hames, MP for the Chippenham constituency, was selling and checking tickets on the 7.38am train from Trowbridge to Swindon" -------- Good idea. You are doing the right thing by planning ahead for a change of career as the general election will soon be upon us. Perhaps get used to the food and drinks trolley too. It's a tight squeeze down the aisles but it'll come with practise. Good luck at the interview. sir roy.orbit of chippenham

9:59am Tue 10 Dec 13

sir roy.orbit of chippenham says...

This photo looks welll set up to me. The random 'passenger' Richard Coates is a Chippenham solicitor working for 'Forrester Sylvester Mackett' in St Mary's Street.
I expect he is one of Dunkies mates.
They're all in it together.


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This photo looks welll set up to me. The random 'passenger' Richard Coates is a Chippenham solicitor working for 'Forrester Sylvester Mackett' in St Mary's Street. I expect he is one of Dunkies mates. They're all in it together. http://www.fsmsolici tors.co.uk/about-us/ staff/ sir roy.orbit of chippenham

10:18pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Enraged-Britain says...

Hames is just another useless MP who smiles for the cameras whilst mugging the taxpayer.

UKIP is the only party fighting for Britain. Vote for change, Lib/Con/Lab are a political joke.
Hames is just another useless MP who smiles for the cameras whilst mugging the taxpayer. UKIP is the only party fighting for Britain. Vote for change, Lib/Con/Lab are a political joke. Enraged-Britain

10:21am Fri 13 Dec 13

Philip_Mackie says...

The enhanced TransWilts service is all very well but it is not the answer to the public transport problems in the county.
What we need are better bus services running at more convenient times and into the evenings - especially for those living in the more rural parts of our community.
The enhanced TransWilts service is all very well but it is not the answer to the public transport problems in the county. What we need are better bus services running at more convenient times and into the evenings - especially for those living in the more rural parts of our community. Philip_Mackie

1:00pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Tulip says...

Over 50% of those living in Wiltshire live in rural communities, most of whom are stationless and do not have access to a bus service that gets them to a nearby station in time - or more importantly, gets that home from the station without a long sleep on the platform bench. We need a frequent network between towns with access from smaller towns and villages. £4.25m is the order of investment to kick start that difference together with an excellent marketing campaign.
Over 50% of those living in Wiltshire live in rural communities, most of whom are stationless and do not have access to a bus service that gets them to a nearby station in time - or more importantly, gets that home from the station without a long sleep on the platform bench. We need a frequent network between towns with access from smaller towns and villages. £4.25m is the order of investment to kick start that difference together with an excellent marketing campaign. Tulip

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