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It shouldn't cost more to get from Bath to Warminster via Melksham - 5036/9135
Written by Graz on Wednesday, 19th December 2007

(Note: Also on the Coffeeshop - but it will be just as appropriate here too!)

I have to get to work early tomorrow - 8am, to be exact. I checked Traveline and it gave me the option of changing at Chippenham at 6.24 onto the 6.34 TransWilts Southampton service, arriving Warminster at 7.13.  This gives me time to get the early bus out to the office from there without hanging around too long, and it would have been great as there are no trains arriving at Warminster between 6.43 (way too early) and 8.08 (too late).

Alas, when I checked the ticket options, the system would not let me get a return ticket using that route. The only option would be to get 2 singles, one of which using that route (

Re: It shouldn't cost more to get from Bath to Warminster via Melksham - 5036/9145
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 20th December 2007

The fare system is a mess.

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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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