|A pile of 160 train tickets for tomorrow
I have a stack of 160 (yes one hundred and sixty!) train tickets for tomorrow from Melksham to Swindon and return - 52 adults and 28 children for the Santa trip organised by the Melksham Railway Development Group.
Astonishingly good value ... the tickets came to a total of £168.40 which is less that JUST ONE First Day travelcard from Melksham to London which - according to the web site - would cost you £186.00 for next Monday! Second class (sorry - STANDARD class) the quote is still £126.00.
If eighty people can make the local journey of about half an hour for less than two people are asked to pay for the long distance journey, which takes perhaps 3 times as long, then is it any wonder that passengers on the long distance service feel their being severly overcharged, and the train operator complains that he cannot make money on the local services?
Written 2007-11-30 18:22:08
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