Duncan urges Wiltshire Council to accept Government funding for TransWilts rail service

Duncan has urged Wiltshire Council to approve the new TransWilts rail service, funded by the Coalition Government.

Funding for the improvements could come from a £4.25 million grant the Department for Transport has offered the county.

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It would mean that, from December, eight trains will run in each direction along the line between Westbury and Swindon a day, Monday to Saturday, stopping at Trowbridge, Melksham and Chippenham.

Duncan said:

“Bringing regular train services back to Melksham is a goal I’ve been working towards with the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership for some time, and I am delighted that it has been made possible by a grant to Wiltshire Council from the Coalition Government.

“I very much hope the Council will approve the new service, and I’m confident that when it starts many local people will make use of it and prove its worth.”

Duncan has worked with the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership, the rail industry and Wiltshire Council to secure the funding from the Government, a commitment to run the service from First Great Western and approval from Network Rail. He has written to Ministers in support of the effort, met with them and, on several occasions, asked Transport Ministers to support it in the chamber of the House of Commons. He has also met with officials from Network Rail and First Great Western to overcome obstacles to successfully delivering the service.

Wiltshire Council is due to decide whether to approve allocating funds to the TransWilts service at its meeting this evening.