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Melksham to Chippenham (Station) bus services - times and routes



I welcome the recent improvement in bus services between Chippenham and Melksham on Monday to Friday during the day. I think it's a great pity that the opportunity of a new timetable was not taken to space out the buses more evenly. Almost inevitably the buses run at least half empty, (the 15:13 and 15:17, which I used an saw last week certainly do), and with a regular timetable, more people would be tempted to use them to the benefit of BOTH bus companies and of the travelling public.

An update on bus services from Melksham to and from Chippenham STATION for longer distance rail connections This is correct as of 1st March 2013 but can be changed with just six weeks notice. Check back with the bus operators before travelling!

-> Monday to Friday

... from Melksham Market Place at
07:08, 08:08, 08:14, 09:23, 09:24, 10:23, 11:23 and 12:23
* Journey time approx 20 minutes (08:08 takes 26 minutes)
* 08:08, 08:14 and 09:24 are First, route 234. Others are Faresave X34
* The 12:23 is the last bus of the day from Melksham to Chippenham Station

... from Chippenham Station at
15:13, 15:17, 15:58, 16:35, 16:37, 17:33, 17:37, 18:41, 19:16 and 22:26
* 15:13, 15:58, 16:35 and 17:33 are Faresaver X34, others are First 234.
* The 15:13 is the first bus of the day from Chippenham Station to Melksham

Also trains from Melksham STATION at 07:20 and 19:47
Returing from Chippenham at 06:28 and 19:01
* Journey time 10 minutes

-> Saturday

... from Melksham Market Place at
07:08, 08:14, 09:24
* All are First route 234

... from Chippenham Station at
15:17, 16:40, 17:40, 18:41, 19:16 and 22:26
* All are First route 234

Also trains from Melksham STATION at 09:20 and 15:20
Returning from Chippenham at 15:39 and 21:25

-> Sunday

No bus service.

Trains from Melksham STATION at 17:25 and 19:53
Returning from Chippenham at 18:36




There are other daytime buses from Melksham to Chippenham BUS station - on the opposite side of Chippenham to the train. The combined service is 3 buses per hour duringthe day on Monday to Friday, and one bus per hour on Saturday.

Tickets are NOT transferrable between operators, except that Farsaver return halves may be used on evening buses operated by First.
Fares differ. The cheapest way to go is the train, secon cheapest the First bus, and Faresaver most expensive at 4 pounds single.
For a group of 4, it's almost as cheap to get a taxi from the rank at Chippenham Station or Melksham Market Place.

Thanks to Colin Goodhind for the picture

And Finally ...
THANK YOU to First for moving the Bath bus so that it's now half-hourly with Faresaver
THANK YOU to Faresaver for increasing the frequency to Chippenham and service the station there more
You can do things well for the customer ... please split arrange the X34 / 234 more evenly and we'll be delighted!
(written 2013-03-01)

 
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