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Stu M

Rail fares up above inflation rate AGAIN

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when i went to watch the ashes overnight the other day, a friend came from andover - waterloo, wqas told no return overnight. cost him 42 pound in "2 singles" i.e. one way up about 10pm, and a single back at 0830 the next morning.

As he had to get the train before me to get to waterloo at the same time, i decided because the barriers were open on the way there, i would not buy a ticket and walk on through, and in the morning i did the same at waterloo. and halfed his fare. I would normally have bought but at these rip off prices i was damn sure not going to. £42 is outrageous. a fking joke. if they were reasonably priced a lot of people WOULD use them off peak away from the rush hour when people obviously HAVE to use them.

i know he returned b4 nine, but he was going away from london and said there was hardly anyone on!

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Was up in Yorkshire over the weekend.

Paid the best part of £40 to get back from Leeds to London and had to stand in a doorway in conditions worse than the northern line in rush hour for over two hours.

There was a family on there with two small boys caught up in this. People were literally climbing over the pushchair in order to get up and down the carriage.

They have been sent a letter of complaint but I doubt that I will see any apology/refund from GNER.

 

As for SE Trains, they took off their discount structure last month and charged me full whack for a monthly season to London.

When I asked the bloke at the station about this, he smugly told me that they had met their passenger charter targets.

Maybe I have noticed it since this but they are late more than they are on time.

20 minutes late into Charing Cross both mornings this week.

 

Absolute joke.

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As for SE Trains, they took off their discount structure last month and charged me full whack for a monthly season to London.



I noticed that... does it automatically get put back on if they're late again, cos rarely does my evening train get in on time and in the morning I could probably take a picnic while we wait outside London Bridge for ages.

Safety's another issue... get the slow train between Dartford and Gravesend any time after 6pm and if your carriage isn't busy, you're liable to get pikeys smoking fags or ripping up bins to use as light sabres as I had twice this month.

Noticed the clampdown by ticket monkeys at Gravesend this month too? It's laughable, they scrutinise commuters' tickets while 10 metres to their left, tracksuited scrotes are vaulting the walls and getting away scot-free.

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would you tackle them and end up on youtube getting a pasting or in hospital.


Personally, no, I'd run a mile! But these ticket inspectors are usually in groups of at least five, and if they're not going to uphold the rules with one section of their 'customer base' (the non-paying ones), then why should we bother (a) paying and (B) showing them our tickets?

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Noticed the clampdown by ticket monkeys at Gravesend this month too? It's laughable, they scrutinise commuters' tickets while 10 metres to their left, tracksuited scrotes are vaulting the walls and getting away scot-free.


Yeah. I suggested that instead of having five of them blocking the exit, they put one outside to catch them. They seemed none too excited about this though.
The situation is pretty laughable.
Just glad I don't live in Swanscombe I guess.

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So what's new ??

 

I'd be interested to know how you lot are going to vote in the next general election !!!

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well on my last three journeys from Windsor to Staines I have had a signal failure delaying everything and disrupting the line for six hours; over-running engineering works at Putney due to adverse weather and engineering works at Clapham making me either have to get a taxi or be an hour late for work, and yet somehow Railtrack has just posted a £750 million profit.

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I live in East london and for me to get a bus to go see my mother cost me £6 that is 2 buses at £1.50 each and same back again in my car it cost me about £1.80p there and back. now if I go with my wife its now £12, its the same if we go shopping. think ill be sticking to the Car.

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Green taxes? Environmentally friendly policies? Don't make me laugh! All this hype about the Stern Report and a tax structure to combat global warming is just that, hype and hot air. it's just a scam to make the people compliant and swallow higher taxation.

 

I want to attend a conference in London next month but probably can't because the train fare is too high. It is actually looking cheaper to drive down and stay overnight. My partner canprobably come too and have a day shopping or whatever in the big smoke.

 

Now how "green" is that?

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Hearing all this makes me wonder what the fare is now, from Greenhithe Station to Bluewater?
It used to be a Quid six years ago, always thought that was a rip-off, for a trip of less than a mile!


I 'think' that might actually be the same fare on the bus... they probably make their money on the trains.

Oh, and the Dartford Tunnel.

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AmericanFLEETFANNo1 said:
Hearing all this makes me wonder what the fare is now, from Greenhithe Station to Bluewater?
It used to be a Quid six years ago, always thought that was a rip-off, for a trip of less than a mile!


I 'think' that might actually be the same fare on the bus... they probably make their money on the trains.

Oh, and the Dartford Tunnel.



And to think i moved. <img src="/forum/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" /> Thanks Stu!

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