Seeking value for money on the UK’s railways | Letters
Paul Plummer, CEO of the Rail Delivery Group, says its proposals would enable radical simplification of fares. Plus Alan Whitehouse points out that the taxpayer subsidy has soared since privatisation
Patrick Collinson’s interpretation of our proposals to reform the regulations underpinning Britain’s fares system (New proposal to simplify our crazy rail fares would be like Ryanair on steroids, 19 February) is in stark contrast to those of numerous passenger groups, fares experts and politicians across the spectrum, who welcomed our Easier Fares for All plan.
Our proposals involve a fundamental recasting of the building blocks of the entire fares system to enable radical simplification for passengers. They would support pay-as-you-go and price caps for commuters across the country, potentially saving people money. On long-distance journeys, there would be greater flexibility to change plans at short notice, a wider range of walk-up fares and more comfortable journeys.
Source: Guardian Transport
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