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MilanB
21st June 2005, 12:54
Rail passengers could face a congestion charge-style hike in rush-hour ticket prices in the future to combat an expected huge rise in customer numbers, it was revealed today. (http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/transport/story.jsp?story=648653)

eh ?

Milan.

John Galt
21st June 2005, 12:57
The theory is that, if fares increase rush hour only, it will discourage people from travelling at that time when they don't really need to. More space will then be freed up for the poor bar stewards who have to travel in the rush hour and will now be charged more for the privilege

threaded
21st June 2005, 12:57
They'll be sticking a black box up yer bum I guess. :lol

(I think there is an echo)

Lucifer Box
21st June 2005, 12:58
Simple economics. When demand exceeds supply, prices rise. We'll have no communist-style fixed price markets here.

http://www.lindsayfincher.com/news/soviet_poster_didyouvolunteer.jpg

Maximus
21st June 2005, 13:31
It's obvious innit....

Those travelling during peak hours must be in work, those in work must be earning money, ergo it's only fair that they pay more because they can


sorted

MilanB
21st June 2005, 13:35
i conclude if the extra money goes to the government it will be a way of trying to fill the gap lossed from petrol tax as the people switch to the train

Milan.

Gay Bored Geek
21st June 2005, 13:36
Aren't peak tickets already more expensive than off peak?

Maximus
21st June 2005, 13:39
"Aren't peak tickets already more expensive than off peak?"

No doubt NL heavies will be around shortly to correct your warped thinking

SupremeSpod
21st June 2005, 13:40
i conclude if the extra money goes to the government it will be a way of trying to fill the gap lossed from petrol tax as the people switch to the train

English-motherfeckur-can-you-speak-it?

WageSlave1
21st June 2005, 13:51
The best way to solve the overcrowding problem is to charge fat people double. That way the buggers will be forced to walk and get more exercise, and my nostrils won't be assualted each morning with their pneumatic B.O. It's a win/win situation :D

Maximus
21st June 2005, 13:55
I have noticed that without fail female passengers always put their bags on the seat next to them...so women should be charged double

SupremeSpod
21st June 2005, 13:57
so women should be charged double

Nope, they should be at home doing the ironing and making me some PIE!!!!!

eternalnomad
21st June 2005, 13:58
As GBB has already pointed out, peak travel tickets are already substantially more expensive (they are on GNER thats for sure !)

This can be used to your advantage if you "know the system" !!!

WageSlave1
21st June 2005, 13:58
I have noticed that without fail female passengers always put their bags on the seat next to them

Are you mad? It's summer, and the pretty young ladies are wearing their lovely summer outfits :D I love summer :D

widgetdance
21st June 2005, 14:02
Dont book a single ticket. Do some research.

The railways charge based on destination, departure and arrival times so if you must arrive in London at 10 then do so from Milton Keynes. Break your journey up into small sections that one or more criteria falls without the peak charging area.

HTH |I

Lucifer Box
21st June 2005, 14:04
Dont book a single ticket
Not necessarily. For example, Virgin Trains fares between London and Birmingham are substantially cheaper if you buy two singles rather than one return (in fact, the ticket booking websh1tes even advise you to do this).

widgetdance
21st June 2005, 14:07
Sorry, not made myself clear, dont just book one ticket from departure to destination, buy three or four tickets to way point on route.
i.e.
To get from Lancaster to London.
Book Lancaster - Wigan, Wigan - Rugby, Rugby - Wembley and then Wembley - Euston or some weird combo.

John Galt
21st June 2005, 14:14
The way to ease all congestion is to have fewer people in this country - now at 60 million we are, quite simply, full up.

eternalnomad
21st June 2005, 14:18
Exactly Mr Widget,

"multiple tickets per journey" is a brilliant way to travel and can save a packet at the same time.

Last time I was challenged by a young and keen jobsworth GNER ticket inspector I let him make a bit of a fuss - I let the argument roll-on for 5 mins then got bored with bear baiting

Like a smartarse I produced a printout of section C17 from the national conditions of carriage (which all the train operating companies have to comply with) - which states ....

"You may use two or more tickets..." blah blah


Needless to say he was a beaten man !

Everytime he sees me now he just smiles politely and clips both tickets...bless him !

Lucifer Box
21st June 2005, 14:27
Sorry, not made myself clear, dont just book one ticket from departure to destination, buy three or four tickets to way point on route.
Ah, gotcha. Nice piece of lateral thinking there.

widgetdance
21st June 2005, 14:28
Nice piece of lateral thinking there. Cant claim it as mine Im afraid, top tip from a coleague. It works incredibly well if you have the time to sort it out.