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Regulator Takes On Government Over Rail Fares - 3472/6937
Written by Lee on Saturday, 18th August 2007

The rail regulator has raised concerns about the government's policy on fares after a public outcry over ticket price increases 9link below.)

The Office of Rail Regulation said it had questioned the Department for Transport about fares amid a series of high-profile fare increases. Bill Emery , ORR chief executive

Re: Regulator Takes On Government Over Rail Fares - 3472/7232
Written by Lee on Thursday, 30th August 2007

More on this in the link below.

Interesting quote :

"In order to prove a breach of competition law, it would be necessary to show that fares were significantly higher than the cost of providing the service, he said. This raised the complex issue of cross-subsidy, under which profits from the busiest parts of the network are used to subsidise loss-making routes."

In other words , if this criteria is used , then funding for several services could be under threat.

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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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