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Ticket restrictions - Melksham fares limited to Melksham residents? - 5473/9733
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 28th January 2008

Seems an odd one this, but it appears that there is some sort of restriction being placed on day return tickets from Melksham:

Official or unofficial?  A residential requirement to the town from whihc a ticket starts on a day return fare is a new one on me ... I though these fares were open to all comers!

Re: Ticket restrictions - Melksham fares limited to Melksham residents? - 5473/10055
Written by Dawn on Wednesday, 13th February 2008

Just to add to the debate:-  The conductor on the 07:03 Trowbridge to Cardiff this morning was questioning people who had tickets from Melksham.  I heard him tell someone the revenue office had instructed him to as revenues from other stations were falling!

Re: Ticket restrictions - Melksham fares limited to Melksham residents? - 5473/10064
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 13th February 2008

Quote from the First Great Western Coffee Shop Forum :

[quote author=moonraker link=topic=1566.msg11766#msg11766 date=1202913317]
It's not because of falling revenue at other stations..... but cos' they don't like the ticket man at trowbridge.... he is telling people to get the Melksham ticket cos it's cheaper....
He might get the sack cos' they say he must not tell u to buy it but can sell it if u ask ???

Re: Ticket restrictions - Melksham fares limited to Melksham residents? - 5473/10090
Written by Sion Bretton on Thursday, 14th February 2008

Interesting as the 7.03 from Trowbridge connects with the 6.43 from Melksham.

Re: Ticket restrictions - Melksham fares limited to Melksham residents? - 5473/10147
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 16th February 2008

The fares structure, like the timetable, seems calculated to put people off travelling by train to and from Melksham, doesn't it?    The fares structure leads to us being questioned as if we're suspected of a crime, and the timetable is set up so that it's pretty rare for there to be a train at the right time.

If I didn't know better, I might think that there was a co-ordinated effort to time the balance against the TransWilts ...

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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.

-- Graham Ellis, (webmaster), February 2021

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