Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Railway Rip Offs Leave Me Fuming; FEEDBACK

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Railway Rip Offs Leave Me Fuming; FEEDBACK

Article excerpt

LAST year my husband and I went to London for a couple of days as we try to most years, for a little break.

Our train fares, two adults return Durham to Kings Cross cost PS130. Trying to book to go this year, Friday to Monday, it was PS300! Tuesday to Thursday cost PS264? The same old stations, same old dirty trains and the staff have not had much of a pay rise so why the huge hike? Transport Minister Patrick McLoughlin says "we can't spend money we have not got". So where is the money coming from to pay millions/billions for new high speed rail that will knock 5-10 minutes off a journey? We in this country copy so much of what happens in America. It's time to start car sharing and telling the train operators we won't put up with these hikes any more.

In a few years they will have priced themselves out of business and rail travel will be a luxury once again. …

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