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20th Anniversary Celebrations for the Oxford-Bicester Line - 2239/5189
Written by Gwr2006 on Friday, 11th May 2007

In partnership with Oxfordshire County Council, First Great Western will be operating a special service on the weekend of 12/13 May to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the re-opening of the Oxford to Bicester Town line.

SATURDAY 12th MAY 2007

Oxford to Bicester
Departs Oxford 06.45, 08.22, 10.22, 12.51#, 13.49#, 14.51#, 15.51#, 16.51#, 17.51 and 20.17.
Departs Islip 06.58, 08.35, 10.35, 14.02#, 16.04#, 18.04 and 20.30.
Arrives Bicester Town 07.11, 08.48, 10.48, 13.17#, 14.16#, 15.17#, 16.18#, 17.17#, 18.18 and 20.43.

Bicester to Oxford
Departs Bicester Town 07.41, 09.12, 11.12#, 13.19#, 14.19#, 15.19#, 16.19#, 17.19#, 18.21 and 20.57.
Departs Islip 07.53, 09.24, 11.24#, 14.31#, 16.31#, 18.33 and 21.09.
Arrives Oxford 08.07, 09.39, 11.39#, 13.47#, 14.47#, 15.47#, 16.47#, 17.47#, 18.49 and 21.23.

# - These rains should convey complementary refreshments, jazz band and children's entertainment - at no extra charge (subject to availability).

SUNDAY 13th MAY 2007

Oxford to Bicester
Departs Oxford 09.56, 10.56, 11.56, 13.56, 14.56, 15.56, 16.56 and 17.56.
Departs Islip 10.09, 12.09, 15.09, 17.09 and 18.09.
Arrives Bicester Town 10.22, 11.21, 12.22, 14.21, 15.22, 16.21, 17.22 and 18.22.

Bicester to Oxford
Departs Bicester Town 10.25, 11.25, 12.25, 14.25, 15.25, 16.25, 17.25 and 18.25.
Departs Islip 11.37, 14.37, 16.37 and 18.37.
Arrives Oxford 10.50, 11.51, 12.50, 14.51, 15.50, 16.51, 17.50 and 18.51

[b]What's more, First Great Western are permanently reducing the off-peak fare from

Re: 20th Anniversary Celebrations for the Oxford-Bicester Line - 2239/5198
Written by Lee on Saturday, 12th May 2007

More on this can be found in the link below.

link to index of articles

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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