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Booking Tips From Saltash - 555/1627
Written by Lee on Sunday, 15th October 2006

Here are some links to useful booking tips from the Saltash Rail Users Group.

It is a great shame , of course , that the vast majority of Melksham passengers will not be able to make use of the above from December 2006 (link below.)

Re: Booking Tips From Saltash - 555/1634
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 16th October 2006

A web site can set a "cookie" in your computer so that it knows when you revisit - we do that on this forum, in fact, to ensure that you can stay logged in rather that have to log in again every time you visit.

I've long wondered if some airline booking systems offer you a good price as a new visitor, then creap up the price when you come back a few minutes later to maximise the fare charged ... and it sounds like a similar technology might be in use on some of the train ticket sites.

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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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