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Fare Reductions - posted for comment - 2530/5624
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 9th June 2007

Some fares (including Melksham - Chippenham and  Melksham - Swindon) have recently been LOWERED. This means that a Chippenham to Melksham single is now just 2.80.  The lowest return fare offered to London if you book on the day / train remains 105.00.  For booking ahead, the FGW site lists 20 different single fares - most of them "book ahead" and with very limited availability.  These tickets must be posted (extra charge) or collected ahead of time from a ticket machine at Chippenham (or other more distant) station.

Re: Fare Reductions - posted for comment - 2530/5641
Written by courgettelawn on Tuesday, 12th June 2007

Even more of an indictment of the madness that is the current fare pricing 'system' across all networks.  I would like to know why it costs me two-thirds of a Salisbury - London fare to travel Salisbury - Winchester (

Re: Fare Reductions - posted for comment - 2530/5643
Written by Trowres on Tuesday, 12th June 2007

The Saver fare from Warminster to Winchester (via Salisbury!) is

Re: Fare Reductions - posted for comment - 2530/5646
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 13th June 2007

There you go, Courgettelawn ... book from Trowbridge  ;)

I just got a quote for the journey as a day trip from Melksham and the FGW web site won't offer me a saver of any type - just a standard open return at 92 pounds.  The fare system is a lottery!

Re: Fare Reductions - posted for comment - 2530/5691
Written by courgettelawn on Saturday, 16th June 2007

Roll up!  Roll up!

Pick a number... any number...

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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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