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Season Ticket Offer - 1247/3561
Written by Lee on Monday, 29th January 2007

From the First Great Western website (link below.) :

"A long week at work (or trying to get to work on the train - Lee) making you tense and tired? Want to spend more time with friends and family?

Weekends were made for leisure and pleasure, so why wait for the summer holidays? Go this weekend!

First Great Western are offering season ticket holders (of one month or more) a great excuse to get out and about. This special offer allows you and one additional adult and up to four children to travel at the special discounted rates below, anywhere on the First Great Western network.

Travel on any Saturday or Sunday between 27 January and 18 March 2007

Each adult (you plus one other)

Re: Season Ticket Offer - 1247/3575
Written by courgettelawn on Monday, 29th January 2007

If they said one additional adult and up to four children free, then I would have vaguely congratulated them.  Depending on where you want to go, this is a rubbish offer for a day return.

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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.

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