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Day trips to London to DOUBLE in price .... - 158/376
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Friday, 17th February 2006

As from December, Monday to Friday day trips from Melksham to London by train for which the ticket is bought on the day are set to double in price - a side effect of the withdrawal of the 09:12 train on which lower price fares were available. 

I asked First:

[i]On the current timetable, if I want to make a day return trip to London from Melksham I can use the 09:12 train and buy a Saver or SuperSaver ticket for 38 or 45 pounds.

Re: Day trips to London to DOUBLE in price .... - 158/802
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 8th July 2006

I learnt yesterday that "supersaver" fares were quietly withdrawn by First Great Western a few weeks ago, I presume as a part of their simplification of the fare structure.

Supersavers offered the lowest cost "walk up" - i.e. not advanced purchase - fares on many journeys to London on days that are NOT considered peak days.

Re: Day trips to London to DOUBLE in price .... - 158/809
Written by Nick Field on Saturday, 8th July 2006

Gee the fare structures are complicated.  ??? The trouble is most people are not able to find the holes in the structure to reduce the price; and may be put off travelling by train by the normal standard return.

Re: Day trips to London to DOUBLE in price .... - 158/812
Written by Lee on Sunday, 9th July 2006

Here is an interesting article related to this issue.,,1816253,00.html

Re: Day trips to London to DOUBLE in price .... - 158/817
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 10th July 2006


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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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