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Buses for trains - loading, payment of fares and information - 118/262
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 15th January 2006

Saturday, 14th January 2006

When I travel to Swindon on a Saturday, my first choice is to go be train is the timing is convenient.

Re: Buses for trains - loading, payment of fares and information - 118/266
Written by Nick Field on Monday, 16th January 2006

Well written post Graham, it pretty much sums up my own experiences of substitute buses as well.

Re: Buses for trains - loading, payment of fares and information - 118/272
Written by Sion Bretton on Tuesday, 17th January 2006

When buses were running from Bristol TM to Westbury last year on a number of weekends, there were ticket checks at Bristol TM and Bath.
When I joined the bus a Trowbridge to go to Bristol TM a few customer ask the driver "can I buy a ticket" he  reply "not from me" and so they got.

Looks like Wessex Trains do this alot.

Does Network Rail pay for the buses,  asthey are doing the Engineering work?

Re: Buses for trains - loading, payment of fares and information - 118/280
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 18th January 2006

There's no easy solution to the fare collection "issue".  If someone was provided to collect my fare at almost midnight between Chippenham and Melksham, it would cost his employer more money than he collected, and they would be criticized for that. But then we're critical when they don't provide someone as it skews the figures.  How about the bus drivers having ticket machines?  Well - the fare structure is so complex they would need a lot of training, and there might be security questions about whether they would be subject to mugging - not in Melksham of course but in rougher places like !$%* and %**&(@  (You don't expect me to name names, do you?)

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Save the Train was the campaign to bring an approriate train service back to and through Melksham.

Most big contributors are still around writing at the Coffee shop forum where new members are very welcome.

The train has been saved - sort of - we have stepped back up from an unusable service to a poorish one but it's doing very well. We did that through setting up the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership. That fulfilled its early objectives; it has been taken over by local and regional government types who are now doing medium and long term work. The team from this forun can also be found at the Melksham Rail User Group (which was the Melksham Rail Development Group at the time these articles were written and we had no users.

We mustn't loose sight, though, that the train service remains poor and needs our community support in marketing and campaigning to keep it going in a positive direction ... and all the more so when we're expecting to find a different normallity once we get out of the Coronavirus Pandemic and head for zero carbon via the climate crisis. Yes, it's saved ... it's now a key community facility ... the need for enhancement and the strong and near-universal local support remain, and the rail industry and goverment remain slow to move and provide the enhancements even to level us up with other towns. Please support the Melksham Rail User Group - now very much in partnership rather than protest with the rail industry and local government, including GWR, TransWilts and unitary and town councils. And please use the trains and buses, and cycle and walk when you can.

-- Graham Ellis, (webmaster), February 2021

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