FIT congratulates Graham Ellis for winning the 2017 Sheila McKechnie Foundation award for his campaign to improve the inadequate train service in Melksham, Wiltshire, a town with a population of 25,000 and rapidly growing. His Save the Train campaign attracted the attention of several Wiltshire MPs, and secured funding from the DfT’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund for an increased, trial service. This trial proved to be so successful, the increased service has now become a permanent part of the franchise.The new line has become the fastest growing line in England. People have now been able to take jobs where they had none; they can travel to education facilities that were previously unreachable, and move to housing they can afford.
FIT sponsored the 2017 Sheila McKechnie Campaigner award for transport.