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Cheap fares from December? - 586/1752
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 28th October 2006

Do you remember a promise from First that they were looking at cheap buy-ahead fares from Melksham to London when they take off all the trains that run post-09:00 ... but that they weren't going to apply a derogation to Melksham even though it would be a sensible thing for the market there because it could be abused by travellers from other stations. Well - I was pretty pissed off at the time by the suggestion that the people of Melksham were to be penalised because of potential abuse by people elsewhere. And I'm twice as pissed off now having looked up return London fares, to buy ahead, for 12th December.

99.00 (ninety nine pounds) return by the 07:17 from Melksham if I return on the 17:30 from Paddington
114.00 (one hundred and fourteen pounds) return if I return via Westbury on the 17:33 from Paddington.
Higher fares also available if I travel First Class ...

Looks like First may have looked at cheap fare options, but they certainly haven't gone the extra step of actually offering them to their customers.

[i]The same fares are the best offered on a round trip from Paddington to Melksham at 17:30 on a Friday, returning at 07:17 on Monday ... which was the basis of our "Weekend in Wiltshire" idea.

Re: Cheap fares from December? - 586/1753
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 28th October 2006

A quick follow up ... I just pressed the "two single fares could be cheaper" option for the trip FROM London, and I got a 12.50 fare on the 17:30 from Paddingon on the Friday, with a 34.50 return for the Monday morning.  I know those are limited numbers of seats, so how much / many will be available I don't know.

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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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