Posts Tagged ‘ train fares ’

Only travel if you have a booked seat

Apr 26th, 2019 | By
image of Virgin West Coast trains

The headline grabbing proposal Virgin makes that every seat must be bookable on long distance services has some benefits.

Ending rail fare anomolies?

May 8th, 2018 | By
image of Virgin West Coast trains

The Rail Delivery Group which represents the train companies, Network Rail and even the RMT union called for change as did the Campaign for Better Transport and Transport Focus. Everyone wants change it seems. But why has it taken so long for them to realise it?

Saturday snippets: 7 December 2013

Dec 7th, 2013 | By

Adrian wades through the infrastructure report to see what is promised the visitor, lauds the smaller than expected January increases in rail fares and wonders why public holidays cost so much – if they do.

Train fares: Con or confusion?

May 16th, 2013 | By

Does some masochist calculate train fares spending days in locked-up windowless, tea-deprived cells trying to calculate these unfathomable things? Many moons ago, did I dream that some government minister or another potential human say that the huge array of fares would be simplified or was that wishful thinking?

Getting to Leamington Spa

Mar 26th, 2011 | By

I was travelling by train from our office in Leatherhead to Leamington Spa. Simple you might have thought. Not a bit of it. It turned into a long drawn out affair that has demonstrated the complexity of ticket buying, the confusion in the minds of railway staff and why people often end up with the wrong ticket.
Let’s start at the beginning.
Leamington Spa is an ideal place for a day out as readers will find out when I’ve finished writing the story.

Christmas is Coming…

Oct 3rd, 2009 | By

Christmas is Coming,
The Fares are Getting Fat;
Do drop a Hundred in the Train Man’s Hat

That’s not quite how the Christmas rhyme goes but I was reminded of it when the first of the train companies’ e-mails arrived today saying that I could now book for Christmas.
Apart from the fact that I don’t really want to be reminded that Christmas is only 12 weeks away (I’d prefer it to be hundreds of weeks away!), I’m not a planner.

Railway tickets just got simpler?

Sep 12th, 2008 | By

On the 7th September, new ticket names came in which were supposed to simplify the ticket structure. Instead of Apex, Superapex, Advance Purchase and all the names we had before, we now have Anytime, Offpeak and Advance. So what’s the difference? Well not a lot as far as I can tell but here goes…… Anytime tickets have no time restrictions on the return portion of return ticket provided that it is used within 30 days. A single ticket can only be used on the day
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