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Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 9th March 2008
Looking back almost exactly 20 months, I found this post
[quote]From our own (local) viewpoint, the timetable that's being provided by the new franchise operator from December will be a disaster - just 2 trains a day each way where previously there were 5, with all the cheap-time trains withdrawn. Our only "outbound" train in the morning will be at 07:17. Supersaver was 38 quid. Gone. Save is 45 quid. That also goes in December because the 07:17 is classed as peak. Fare rises to over 100 quid. And then goes up again in January, I expect, with the annual price 'review'. Via Salisbury to Waterloo, it's about 60 quid.
P.S. I should stress that First is a commercial company and it's actions appear in this instance to be within their contract terms - their policy and its efffects are all above board under the system as it's set up. And they're the natural actions of an organisation who's "raision d'etre" is to make money for shareholders. It's the system itself which is doing a dis-service to the passengers.[/quote]
I've just checked - the only walkup fare tomorrow is at 115.00 - that's over 3 times the supersaver fare I would have used for many a London trip in "Wessex Days".
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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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