New Wiltshire rail launch is just the ticket for MP

Wiltshire Times: Duncan Hames with Transwilts campaigners at Trowbridge Railway Station when the new timetable was announced in August Duncan Hames with Transwilts campaigners at Trowbridge Railway Station when the new timetable was announced in August

The first train of the new TransWilts service between Westbury and Swindon will set off on Sunday.

First Great Western’s draft timetable has an additional six trains a day in each direction from Monday to Saturday – meaning there will be one train approximately every two hours, including early morning and evening services in both directions.

There will also be an additional four trains on Sundays throughout the year, with at least one seasonal service connecting with the existing Westbury to Weymouth service in each direction.

The subsidised Trans Wilts Rail Service forms part of Wiltshire Council’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund project.

Funding for the project comes after the council successfully bid for a Department for Transport (DfT) grant of £4.25m, which will support the improved service for three years.

MP for Chippenham Duncan Hames will be selling and checking tickets on the 7.38am train from Trowbridge to Swindon on Monday.

A single ticket from Trowbridge to Swindon will cost £13.40 and an anytime day return £17.60. A single ticket from Melksham to Swindon will cost £6.50, and an anytime day return £8.90.

A single ticket from Chippenham to Swindon will cost £7.50 and an anytime day return £8.90.

A single ticket from Westbury to Swindon will cost £13.40 and an anytime day return £17.60.

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