Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Train companies get away with extortion, yet again

BBC NEWS | UK | Train passengers face fare rise

It is unbelievable to see that the train companies will yet again be putting up the price of rail travel above inflation. My local train company ONE will be putting adding another 5% to their already extortionate fairs in the new year. It already costs us 6 pounds for a 15 minute train journey, which is ridiculous anyway.

A representative from the Association of Train Operating Companies said : "While no-one likes to pay more for their travel, we need the revenue to pay for the ongoing improvements to the railways that passengers expect - and overall satisfaction levels are now at an all time high of 80%."

"Train operators will continue to raise their game, delivering further improvements to the railway and enhancing the travel experience of passengers."

I have yet to see any evidence of these improvements anywhere, especially on our line. It seems to me that services are just getting worse. The fare increases do not go into improving services, but instead go into shareholders pockets.

I just wish that they would see some sense and re-nationalise the railways, the railways should be a public service, not a way for shareholders to get richer. It won't be long before they are the only people who will be able to travel on the railways.

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