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Cheap Day Returns to Melksham? - 480/1418
Written by Graz on Monday, 11th September 2006
I was hoping to travel to Melksham next wednesday in the middle of the day to see the rail line and station before the cuts are introduced, hopefully travelling both sides of the line (to Trowbridge and then back via Chippenham). However, after checking the rail times, I was surprised there wasn't a cheap day return option availible from Oldfield Park (or Bath Spa) to Melksham, only standard day returns (on which I can't use my student railcard discount.) Is it just the National Rail site playing up, or can you get one?
Re: Cheap Day Returns to Melksham? - 480/1421
Written by Lee on Monday, 11th September 2006
You are correct , Graz. However , Cheap Day Returns ARE available from Keynsham or Bristol Temple Meads - Melksham (
Re: Cheap Day Returns to Melksham? - 480/1426
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 12th September 2006
You have certainly got me thinking there. From just how many stations in our current timetable area CAN you get a Cheap Day Return to Melksham?
You CAN get one from these stations :
Patchway , Filton Abbey Wood , Bristol Temple Meads , Keynsham , Yeovil Pen Mill , Thornford , Yetminster , Chetnole , Maiden Newton , Dorchester West , Upwey and Weymouth.
But you CANT from these :
Cardiff Central , Newport , Severn Tunnel Junction , Oldfield Park , Bath Spa , Freshford , Avoncliff , Bradford - on - Avon , Swindon , Chippenham , Trowbridge , Westbury , Frome , Bruton , Castle Cary , Dilton Marsh , Warminster , Salisbury , Dean , Dunbridge , Romsey , Eastleigh , Southampton Airport Parkway , Southampton Central , Fareham , Cosham , Fratton , Portsmouth and Brighton.
Quote from the First Great Western website (link below.)
"Cheap day single and return tickets are available on most local journeys and valid only for the date displayed on the ticket. Travel is permitted for off-peak travel only."
Erm..... exactly what definition of "most local journeys" is being used for Melksham? I am sure that Graham would appreciate an e-mail from anyone "in the know."
Of course , in practical terms , you wont be able to get a Cheap Day Return to Melksham from ANY of the stations listed above (or from anywhere else) from December 2006 (link below.)
Just out of interest , Graz , what type of railcard have you got? Apparently , you can get a discount on standard day returns with a Young Persons Railcard.
Re: Cheap Day Returns to Melksham? - 480/1437
Written by Graz on Wednesday, 13th September 2006
Hey Lee, this is turning out to be pretty interesting and mysterious at the same time! I've just checked, and you can also get cheap day returns to Melksham from:
Bedminster, Lawrence Hill, Stapleton Road, Bristol Parkway, and Yate (
Re: Cheap Day Returns to Melksham? - 480/1441
Written by Lee on Thursday, 14th September 2006
[quote author=Graz link=topic=480.msg1437#msg1437 date=1158187900]And as for the Young Persons railcard discount...it turns out I can! I felt sure when I asked at Bath Spa, I was told I couldn't....maybe she thought I was travelling earlier, or something! Still, a cheap day return would still be a lot more favourable...[/quote]
She may have been trying to warn you of the following quote , Graz (link below.)
"Minimum fares / Time restrictions.
Travelling before 10am minimum fares:
This applies to all tickets except the Off-Peak Day Travelcard (All Zones only) which has separate minimum fare conditions. On or before 10am Monday to Friday (except Public Holidays and during July and August) there is a minimum fare that applies to all purchases with a Young Persons Railcard. This is either
Re: Cheap Day Returns to Melksham? - 480/1444
Written by Lee on Thursday, 14th September 2006
[quote author=Graz link=topic=480.msg1418#msg1418 date=1157989836]I was hoping to travel to Melksham next wednesday in the middle of the day to see the rail line and station before the cuts are introduced, hopefully travelling both sides of the line (to Trowbridge and then back via Chippenham). However, after checking the rail times, I was surprised there wasn't a cheap day return option availible from Oldfield Park (or Bath Spa) to Melksham, only standard day returns (on which I can't use my student railcard discount.) Is it just the National Rail site playing up, or can you get one?[/quote]
I have just been reminded by the link below that you can save 1/3 off integrated PlusBus tickets as well.
Could come in handy..................(link below.)
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