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Senior Railcard fares lottery - 2583/5699
Written by courgettelawn on Sunday, 17th June 2007

I recently added to a thread in the Current Service section about the crazy fare pricing on the railways.

Many have commented upon this problem before and its disincentive effects on train use.  I picked up this story in yesterday's Guardian about the problems encountered by users of the Senior Railcard whose discounts are inconsistent and sometimes non-existent:,,2103989,00.html

While on this topic, I wonder how much it costs train operators to pay for accountants to sort out annual revenue according to the Rail Settlement Plan (or whatever it has become)?  And, how on earth accountants manage to gain any sense of who is owed what?

Re: Senior Railcard fares lottery - 2583/5710
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 18th June 2007

It is indeed a lottery. The ticket website offers me a list or 20 (twenty) different single fares from Melksham to London for tomorrow morning - except that none but 4 (4 of the 5 most expensive ones, of course) is available.

Re: Senior Railcard fares lottery - 2583/5735
Written by courgettelawn on Monday, 18th June 2007

We may still be at the kernel stages of a revolution but I am sure, comrade, that in time people will look back and wonder how barmy it all was that we had such a crazy rail service. We will be heroes.

I have descended back to earth but will definitely beat the drum for Save the Train and other campaigns at the forthcoming Tolpuddle Martyr's festival.

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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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