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Melksham to London train fares - 89/186
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Saturday, 17th December 2005

The fare structure is complicated ... did you realise that you can often save money by rebooking halfway?

Say to were to catch the 07:45 and change at Chippenham or Swindon to London next Tuesday, and return that evening.

Re: Melksham to London train fares - 89/187
Written by Trowres on Sunday, 18th December 2005

I believe that the fare of

Re: Melksham to London train fares - 89/188
Written by Trowres on Sunday, 18th December 2005

Another option is to purchase an open single at

Re: Melksham to London train fares - 89/190
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 18th December 2005

Many thanks ... gee - it gets all the more complex!

The prices I got were from "" and it quoted me the 104 pound fare for the 07:45 via Chippenham.

Re: Melksham to London train fares - 89/192
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Tuesday, 20th December 2005

New fares from 2nd January ... I've put up

a chart of some example fares for comparison.

Price per mile is interesting.  Logic says that you should get a better price per unit if you buy in bulk, but it's quite the opposite with rail travel!

Re: Melksham to London train fares - 89/246
Written by Sion Bretton on Tuesday, 10th January 2006

If you have to go to London 2 days in any 7 day buy a weekly ticket

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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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