When we think of Railway we often think of busy train stations in big towns filed with city slickers. The necessity of rail travel is as important as ever as the public relies on the system heavily in their everyday life. Whether it’s commuting to and from work or travelling cross country, rail is a way of life to many. The reliance on rail doesn’t necessarily spread out to everyone, however, as more and more rural communities are beginning to find out. Those located in smaller towns and cottages have been forced to adapt over the years. Finding transportation to the nearest train station 30 minutes away can be inconvenient, to say the least. Having to change line two or three times to reach a big city station, comes at a cost. Closure, unprofitability, dereliction, logistics. These are a few but not all of the reasons as to why rural communities have felt the effect of declining rail options close to home.
It appears that there is more bad news for commuters. It has recently been announced that UK rail users are facing higher fares as they are set to increase by 2.3%. Now commuters are being told they could already be overpaying.
Railway companies are being slated yet again for confusing payment issues, however, it is the conductors that are getting into trouble this time. Recent studies have shown that one-fifth of rail passengers buy wrong tickets from machines.
A rail regulator has confirmed that while 7% of people underpay (facing fines), 13% of passengers are paying too much. The Office of Rail and Road is calling for a refund to passengers that are choosing the wrong ticket for their journey. Continue reading Man over Machines: Are You Overpaying Rail Companies?
The future of the Brittish has been a hot topic over the past few months. Many believe that nationalisation will save today’s railway, however, will this make our railways more efficient? Commuters have grown to be angry and either way, there must be a change to how our railways are managed. Continue reading The Future of Britsh Rail and Prism Rail’s History