A new Sunday direct rail service from Wiltshire to the Dorset coast is to be trialled through the summer, starting on 3 July.
The Swindon to Weymouth line is being run by the Trans Wilts Rail group, which aims to improve rail links throughout the county. The trial service during July and August will call in at Chippenham, Melksham, Trowbridge and Westbury on the way.
Paul Johnson from Trans Wilts Rail said the company had to work in conjunction with First Great Western to develop a timetable for the trial and run it alongside their existing services. “The best we could offer was a link through Westbury for a trial. To make it a good day out we thought a finishing point like Weymouth would be good for the summer.”
It is hoped the trial run will also lead to an increased rail service from Swindon through to Salisbury.
The service will run every Sunday during July and August, except 10 July. See ticket details at www.transwiltsrail.org.uk
Thanks to Roy Nash, the former Swindon railway works photographer, for this 1982 picture of British Rail workers mounting the Weymouth Wizard sign designed by signwriter and illustrator Ernie Hewlett