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"Rail passengers hit by fare increase" - Swindon Advertiser (02/01/2010) - 8067/13068
Written by Lee on Saturday, 2nd January 2010

From the Swindon Advertiser:

[quote="Swindon Advertiser"]Rail passengers hit by fare increase

Rail passengers in Swindon will have a gloomy start to the New Year with travel prices from London to the town seeing the biggest hikes in the country.

Some passengers will have to fork out for increased rail fares of up to 15 per cent with new ticket prices introduced today.

Unregulated fares, which include many off-peak services, are rising sharply, with a supersaver fare from London to Swindon rising 15 per cent to

Re: "Rail passengers hit by fare increase" - Swindon Advertiser (02/01/2010) - 8067/13071
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 9th January 2010

The cost of a single from Melksham to London on the 06:40 departure has gone up by 15%.

To be fair, the price of that particular ticket dropped substantially in September, that change being that single tickets moved from being priced at a pound less that the equivalent return to being priced at half the cost of a return.  At the time, we praised First Great Western for turning the system into one that was much more just - at last, a real start to sorting out some of the inequities of ticket prices.  What a pity that they have retracted from that logic - presumably because it's a way they can increase the money they get without falling fould of government set rules which intend that fares don't rise by more than 1% above inflation.

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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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