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Rail Fares Set To Rise Several Times Above Inflation Rate - 2770/5974
Written by Lee on Friday, 29th June 2007

Train fares will rise by several times the rate of inflation under a series of deals between the Government and rail companies designed to take advantage of record growth in demand for rail travel (link below.)

The Department for Transport has publicly distanced itself from the increases , claiming that they are a matter for the private train companies. The DfT says that it is only responsible for setting regulated fares , such as season tickets , which it expects to raise by 1 per cent a year above inflation.

The Times has learnt , however, that the DfT made clear to the companies , when they were bidding for the franchises , that they would have to raise unregulated fares to have any chance of winning.

Chris Grayling , the Shadow Transport Secretary, said:

Re: Rail Fares Set To Rise Several Times Above Inflation Rate - 2770/6214
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 11th July 2007

This is now being given prominence in the media (link below.)

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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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