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Going to London on Monday - but which way? - 4405/8159
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 11th October 2007
I'm going to London on Monday at my own expense, and I'm looking for the most cost effective way to travel.
First Great Western offer me a train at 07:17, getting in to Paddington at 09:00, which would be ideal. Their web site offers me 20 different single fares.
FIRSTMINUTEFARE LEISURE STD E 8.00
FIRSTMINUTEFARE LEISURE STD D 11.50
FIRSTMINUTEFARE LEISURE STD C 14.50
FIRSTMINUTEFARE LEISURE STD B 17.50
FIRSTMINUTEFARE LEISURE 1ST E 19.00
FIRSTMINUTEFARE LEISURE STD A 20.50
FIRSTMINUTEFARE LEISURE 1ST D 26.50
FIRSTMINUTEFARE BUSINESS STD C 29.00
FIRSTMINUTEFARE LEISURE 1ST C 33.50
FIRSTMINUTEFARE BUSINESS STD B 36.50
FIRSTMINUTEFARE LEISURE 1ST B 41.00
FIRSTMINUTEFARE BUSINESS STD A 44.50
FIRSTMINUTEFARE BUSINESS 1ST C 44.50
FIRSTMINUTEFARE LEISURE 1ST A 48.00
STANDARD OPEN SINGLE 52.50
FIRSTMINUTEFARE BUSINESS 1ST B 56.00
STANDARD OPEN SINGLE 60.50
FIRSTMINUTEFARE BUSINESS 1ST A 68.50
FIRST OPEN SINGLE 80.00
FIRST OPEN SINGLE 90.50
They don't offer me a choice of train .. just the 07:17 and ... wait for this ... the only fares that are actually marked as available are the ones at 52.50, 60.50, 80.00 and 90.50. And what's the difference between a standard open single single at 52.50 and a standard open single at 60.50 anyway?
What does it cost if I go via Salisbury into Waterloo, which is in any case much nearer where I want to be? The 06:44 train misses a connection to Salisbury by 2 minutes at Westbury (I'm glad to see it will be the same train from December!) so that's out. But if I can get a lift to Westbury , then I can get a single to Salisbury, a single to Waterloo, and pay just 35.00. Come to think of it, that's a much more convenient place in London and will save me a tube too.
Coming back ... getting a train all the way to my home town simply isn't an option - the two trains each day have connections from Paddington at 17:30 and 17:33 and my best estimate is that I would get there at 17:45 ;-) ... I could train to Chippenham then bus, but perhaps Westbury's best?
Coach? National Express's daily coach is slow but would cost just 15.50 single.
Drive to Basingstoke and get the train? Only 4 fares offered, and the cheapest at 14.90 single IS available. Ah - I think we're talking. Easy drive, plenty of services, Waterloo arrival.
Re: Going to London on Monday - but which way? - 4405/8181
Written by Sion Bretton on Saturday, 13th October 2007
Did you know that a Standard Day return From Melksham to Bristol TM Is
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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.
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