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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.

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