Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Rail Pirates of Penzance; 20 Different Ticket Prices Offered to Get Away to the South-West JUMBLE OF BANK HOLIDAY FARES LEAVES TRAIN TRAVELLERS CONFUSED

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Rail Pirates of Penzance; 20 Different Ticket Prices Offered to Get Away to the South-West JUMBLE OF BANK HOLIDAY FARES LEAVES TRAIN TRAVELLERS CONFUSED

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Byline: ELLEN WIDDUP

CONFUSED rail travellers planning Easter weekend trips are having to choose between "baffling" fares on popular routes.

Research by the Standard found that on one route alone - London to Penzance - 20 ticket options are offered but only nine can still be bought. The Easter weekend will see hundreds of thousands of Londoners leave the city, many by rail.

But they were warned the confusing fare structure means many of the best fares have gone and that they faced a "baffling" array of options on remaining tickets.

Our research showed that 20 fares can be bought between Paddington and Penzance on First Great Western. But numbers are limited, and a week before Good Friday none of the low-price tickets was available. The cheapest single fare was a walk-on ticket for [pounds sterling]68 and the cheapest return was an "open" fare for [pounds sterling]69.

As well as the 20 set fares, First Great Western advises customers to consider buying two single tickets instead of a return to get the best deal.

It suggests five "easy" steps to guarantee cheap fares: book in advance, travel off peak, buy single tickets, be flexible and specify return dates.

A spokesman said: "We are in the process of simplifying our range of fares and this will be implemented in June."

To

To Cornwall for [pounds sterling]34 single or at an off-the-rails price of [pounds sterling]303 return

Type of ticket Price Detail

Apex single [pounds sterling]34 Book at least 7 days in advance. Must be used off peak. No railcard discounts.

Apex single [pounds sterling]34.50 Service via Slough. Book 7 days in advance. Must be used off peak. No railcard discounts.

Apex return [pounds sterling]35 Book 7 days in advance. Must be used off peak. Set return train times. No railcard discounts.

Apex return [pounds sterling]35.50 Service via Slough. Book 7 days in advance. Set return train times. No railcard discounts.

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