Archive for September, 2013


On the Raildar

September 21, 2013

There’s a useful free site for anyone interested in railway stats such as cancellations and performance ratings for each rail company, and even the live position of trains shown on a map (example below).

See for more details.



Single fares could be halved … but returns could go up

September 21, 2013

Money and TicketsPress reports suggest the government are considering outlawing the ridiculous practice of making single fares almost as expensive as returns. For example, Off Peak Return to Leeds is £18.20, the single fare to Leeds on the same train is just 10p less !

A small discount to encourage return travel is understandable, but it’s hard to imagine the current structure was ever intended to help give passengers a better choice of tickets.

Regular travellers, weary of government’s ever increasing raids on their wallets, will not be surprised to hear that Whitehall officials are already suggesting Return fares would have to increase to offset the single reduction – as if the returns are only offered so “cheaply” (ho ho !) because singles subsidise them.


Bus replacements next week

September 21, 2013

The last train out from Victoria (the 23.20) is replaced by a bus each evening next week from Monday (23rd Sep) until Thursday (26th Sep).

The usual warnings about the bus being slower, lacking toilets, and not being able to carry bicycles, non-folding prams, wheelchairs  etc apply.

Only the last Wigan-bound train of each evening is affected by bus replacement – all other services are due to run normally.