Having children can be expensive, so when parents save some money we probably get a bit more excited than most. But it seems Sarah Burns' discovery of cheaper rail fares for kids is news to most families. And she only came across it by chance herself. With a broken machine at Woodley station in Stockport, she was forced to pay on the train itself. And it was once on board that the conductor informed her she could get a return child's ticket for just 80 pence - a big saving on the £2.85 she would have paid had the machine been working. After tweeting Northern and Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) to ask them for more details about the 'accompanied child' ticket, she was told these can only be bought at ticket offices, or on trains themselves. Sarah, who lives with her family in Woodley, told the M.E.N's Manchester Family : "I'd usually buy from the ticket machine, but the machine was broken yesterday so I had to buy on board. "I've got the train loads with the kids and … [Read more...] about Mum discovers a cheaper way to buy kids’ train tickets
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Would scrapping peak and off-peak rail fares lead to a better train ticketing system? Ben Glover, researcher at Demos, says YES. Rail travel offers lots to moan about, but little is more frustrating than the irrationality of ticket prices. Why can a single ticket cost the same as a return? Why can trains leaving minutes apart vary wildly in price? These quirks and complexities undermine our trust in the system. Abolishing the enormous cliff edge between peak and off-peak fares would be a significant first step towards simpler, saner rail travel. Along with reducing the overcrowding of trains just outside peak times, it could also aid the rollout of “tap in, tap out”. When Londoners have enjoyed an Oyster card for over 15 years, it is staggering that passengers beyond the M25 must often travel with paper tickets. Our railways need reform, and this demands more than fare changes. But abolishing peak and off-peak is a good place to start. For that, the industry should be … [Read more...] about DEBATE: Would scrapping peak and off-peak rail fares lead to a better train ticketing system?
News by Stephen Eighteen January 8, 2019, 8:17 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Dundee railway passengers are to be given free train tickets to anywhere in Scotland as part of a ‘making-up’ package by ScotRail. The train operator has issued an apology “for our unacceptable service in parts of the country recently”. In a lengthy statement, the form admitted that “we’ve fallen below the standard you expect and deserve”. As result, long-suffering season ticket holders on 12 of the most disrupted routes are to be given free train travel. These routes include Edinburgh to Aberdeen and Glasgow Queen Street to Aberdeen – so all Dundee season ticket holders will be eligible. Here is the full list of eligible routes: Edinburgh – Aberdeen Edinburgh – Dunblane Glasgow Queen St – Edinburgh via Cumbernauld Glasgow Queen St – Aberdeen … [Read more...] about Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen passengers to be given FREE train tickets to anywhere in Scotland by apologetic ScotRail
PUBLISHED: 09:51 02 January 2019 Matthew Clemenson Picture: Denise Bradley Archant The Met Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit is appealing for the public’s help to identify a man injured in a road traffic collision that they believe may be from Bexley. Officers were called to Langley Road in Greenwich, shortly after 8pm on Saturday, December 29.A pedestrian was found to have been in collision with a car.The driver of the car stopped at the scene and no arrests have been made.The pedestrian was taken to an east London hospital by London’s Air Ambulance where he remains in a life-threatening condition.Despite enquiries, police have been unable to identify the injured man, who is aged around 40 years old.He is of stocky build with short brown hair and was wearing a dark blue woolly cardigan, dark blue jeans, slip on Doc Marten Airwair boots and two pairs of thick socks at the time of the collision.A return train ticket from Abbey … [Read more...] about Police appeal after man with Abbey Wood train ticket seriously injured in car crash
RAIL fares are set to shoot up by an average of 3.1 per cent in England and Wales from TODAY, and by 2.2 per cent in Scotland, but there are some ways you can still bag a bargain. As prices increase, some commuters will face an annual rise of £280, but some simple tricks could mean you don't have to pay a fortune. The price hike is set to affect regulated fares, which includes most annual season tickets, some off-peak return tickets on long-distance journeys and flexible anytime tickets around major cities. We've rounded up some of the ways you can save money on your rail fare as prices rise in the new year.Book in advance Network Rail releases its timetable 12 weeks in advance, so ticket firms usually make their fares available at this time. The earlier you book, the less you'll pay for your seat so don't hang about if you know you're going to be travelling over the next few months. You can use National Rail's future travel chart, which shoes the furthest advance date that you … [Read more...] about How to get cheap train tickets as prices rise TODAY