Posts Tagged ‘ ATOC ’

Does the Train take the Strain?

Aug 25th, 2011 | By

Last week, ATOC (Association of Train Operating Companies) announced that there had been a surge in people using rural lines. On the railways overall last year, the growth was 6.9%. How, then, do you marry this with the results of a survey that seems to show that extortionate rail fares (their words, not mine) are deterring people from taking short breaks in the UK?



Hammering the Traveller

Jan 2nd, 2011 | By

Early January means one thing to many travellers. The time of increased rail fares. This year the average increase is 5.8% which is well above the rate of inflation. But that disguises a range of price rises varying from the high to the outrageous for this year train companies can decide which fares go up or not. The government rule is that prices go up by the retail price index plus 1% apart from two lines, Southeastern and West Yorkshire where it is RPI plus 3%.
Passenger Focus, the consumer watchdog covering the railways has pointed out that a Norwich to London anytime return goes up by 14% and Canterbury to London goes by nearly 13%. But Travelmole, the online travel trade e-letter has found that a London monthly fare from Hornsey to Stevenage has gone up by 46.2% from £194.40 to £284.20 which may only be about £90 but is it over £1,000 extra a year to find.



Train Services Cut

Aug 12th, 2010 | By

On the one hand we have ATOC (Association of Train operating Companies) telling us that rail travel is more popular than ever and then we have the Department of Transport said to be considering stopping all London services into Scotland at Glasgow and Edinburgh. All direct Inverness and Aberdeen services will cease and all passengers for those and other destination will have to change and probably wait a connection.
Why would they be encouraging that if train travel is on the increase?



Rail Fares up & the Merry-go-Round goes on

Jan 5th, 2009 | By

For a lot of people today is the first day back at work and here in the south east, the snow may not help despite the fact that we have no more than a couple of centimetres of the stuff.What will annoy people is the annual party every year when rail prices increase. I thought Anthony Smith of Passenger Focus made a good point when he said that supermarkets are cutting prices, airlines are cutting prices yet rail companies are raising them.This year, lots of
> Read more