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Oxford And Bicester Christmas Special - 538/1571
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 4th October 2006

First Great Western is planning another Christmas special this year for Oxford and Bicester shoppers (link below.)

On the last six weekends before Christmas , including Christmas Eve itself , the Christmas Shopper Special between Oxford and Bicester is available at

Re: Oxford And Bicester Christmas Special - 538/1579
Written by Lee on Friday, 6th October 2006

Those of you who have read the Freedom Of Information material posted on this site will remember the following :

[quote author=Lee link=topic=464.msg1371#msg1371 date=1157372565]I have also noted the following from the Jacobs report

Re: Oxford And Bicester Christmas Special - 538/1804
Written by Lee on Thursday, 2nd November 2006

[quote author=Lee link=topic=538.msg1571#msg1571 date=1159983149]Will Swindon - Westbury passengers get a Christmas (and preferably year - round) Special as well?[/quote]

When I wrote the above , a special weekend 'park and ride' scheme for Christmas shoppers in the Chippenham and Wiltshire areas wasnt quite what I had in mind........

From the First Great Western Website :

"Customers will benefit from a special 'park and ride' offer which, for just

Re: Oxford And Bicester Christmas Special - 538/1806
Written by Nick Field on Thursday, 2nd November 2006

Good old FGW.  So they are not even advising people to use their own buses to railhead at Chippenham from places like Calne / Melksham and the surounding villages?  Perhaps there is a reason behing that?  This could actually lead to more traffic congestion in Chippenham what with a retail park on one side of the station and on the other side the only road leading up to the station serves a large housing estate, a leisure centre plus other shops and businesses

Re: Oxford And Bicester Christmas Special - 538/1809
Written by Sion Bretton on Thursday, 2nd November 2006

It's bad already without this offer-

Re: Oxford And Bicester Christmas Special - 538/1819
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Friday, 3rd November 2006

We've lacked marketing activity for a l-o-n-g time on the TransWilts and it does seem that First have even less interest in it than initially we expected - like there's none.  There seems to be activity almost everywhere else, even on other lines that have had cuts made at the behest of the DfT.

Re: Oxford And Bicester Christmas Special - 538/1949
Written by Nick Field on Wednesday, 15th November 2006

Interesting to see that there is enginnering work and replacement buses on at least 3 of the weekends they are operating the Bath Park and Ride offer.

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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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