What to do with the trains?

Commuters and train users learned the not so great news that rail fares are going to shoot up. So that means a season ticket will got up 5.8%. Not good news. That means that our household could well face two lost of +£465. I wonder if I can put my prices up 5.8% or ask for a 5.8% pay rise. If it goes up by the maximum 10.8% possible that’s two lots of £866 to find. I wonder if I can put my prices up 10.8% or ask for a 10.8% pay rise. Doubtful- but then I don’t operate a monopoly whereby someone has no choice but to use my service.

Conversely the rail companies will point out passenger numbers keep on rising, and that the choice is bigger public subsidies from the taxpayer (from people who may not use the service) or increasing prices for them that use it.

So what’s the solution?

4 Responses to What to do with the trains?

  1. Philip Painter says:

    It's the government that controls rail prices, isn't it? They should keep rail prices low to save oil; there's not much left.

  2. editor says:

    No idea how keeping rail prices low will save oil.

    a) Many trains are diesel and that would lead to an increase in demand surely?

    b) Alternatively it is not a case of use rail or drive – for many it is use rail a price a or still use rail at price b or c as it is a monopoly and there is no choice.

    c) Yes Government sets the framework but rail companies also have some flexibility. If trains are already full their argument wul be increase prices as demand is already high.

  3. Philip Painter says:

    There are many more electric trains travelling further than there are electric cars. Diesel trains, I agree are more of a problem but I suspect they're a better use of oil than the number of cars they replace.

    Fair comment about the (local) monopoly situation. In such cases the service should be run by the state entirely as it used to be and still is in many countries.
    If the trains are full then there should simply be more trains.

    • editor says:

      Yet many of the UK trains are diesel and of course the electricity to run the electrified network is mainly from fossil fuels.

      There can't simply be more trains as that is a capacity issue and trains cannot e extended due to platform length issue.

      Governments who then want to introduce new rail routes then get a huge NIMBY issue. Infrastructure like this takes years to happen – which given politcians alays concentrate on the political cycle, is why the issue never seems to ge addressed.

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