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Arriva Trains Wales Fares Rise By Up To A Third - 2225/5164
Written by Lee on Thursday, 10th May 2007

Arriva Trains Wales (ATW) , part of rail and bus group Arriva PLC , is increasing the price of some of its fares by up to 34 pct (links below.)

Arriva , which provides all local and regional train services in Wales , is abolishing off-peak Super Saver tickets from May 20.

Re: Arriva Trains Wales Fares Rise By Up To A Third - 2225/5251
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 15th May 2007

Here is a further link on this.

Interesting quotes from Passenger Focus :

Re: Arriva Trains Wales Fares Rise By Up To A Third - 2225/6092
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 4th July 2007

Arriva has backtracked on a controversial fares increase which made travelling from North Wales to Cardiff more expensive than North Wales to London (link below.)

The company was heavily criticised earlier this year for changing its ticketing structure , meaning price hikes of 34% on one route and big increases across Wales.

Now it has backtracked , introducing cheaper fares for long-distance journeys , and capping the maximum

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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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