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FGW rail fares are among the highest

Swindon Advertiser: Rail fares from Swindon remain some of the highest in the country Rail fares from Swindon remain some of the highest in the country

RAIL fares from Swindon remain some of the highest in the country despite promises from First Great Western that they are doing all they can to keep prices low.

The arrival of this month’s hike in rail fares saw a season ticket to London go up by nearly £200, and this week it has been revealed that per mile Swindon is in the top 10 of rail fare prices in the country.

The Association of Train Operating Companies who operates services between 2,500 stations has carried out a break down of rail prices across the country.

For peak fares, known as anytime tickets, some are close to reaching a pound a mile with a trip from Swindon to London costing 72p per mile, the third highest in the country.

The price for a season ticket per mile from Swindon to London costs 20p and an advance ticket works out as only 10p a mile.

A spokesman for First Great Western said: “We recognise the disparity between other service and have been working hard over the last couple of years to reduce the difference between Swindon fares and those further east.

“This is a result of a historic anomaly which dates back to the days of British Rail.

“In January, we saw an average increase in our prices of 2.57 per cent which is less than half the increase seen by other stations, which highlights our efforts to bring prices down.

“We do recognise it and where we can, because some fares are regulated and we can’t do anything about them, we are doing what we can to keep fares low.”

Meanwhile, First Great Western argues that rising passenger numbers reflect more frequent and better services with a decent range of value for money tickets.

“Rail passengers are rising year on year, and we are seeing more people travelling by rail than we have before,” it said.

“Compared with other means of transport, train travel offers good value for money.

“A return journey from Swindon into London by car, for example, would cost about the same as our Anytime walk-on fare of £109.

“Commuters with season tickets pay just £15 each way, which wouldn’t even cover the Congestion Charge (£10) or parking (Ave £35/day).

“This, coupled with the fact that a journey is around 45 minutes faster by train means that rail travel from Swindon is more popular than ever, with passenger numbers continuing to exceed predicted figures.”

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1:17pm Tue 10 Jan 12

stfcphil says...

The one thing that the spokesman forgot to mention is that on most journeys especially in peak time, the chances of getting a seat are miniscule, and the likelihood is that you will most certainly spend the return journey, standing up, and packed in like sardines.
The one thing that the spokesman forgot to mention is that on most journeys especially in peak time, the chances of getting a seat are miniscule, and the likelihood is that you will most certainly spend the return journey, standing up, and packed in like sardines. stfcphil
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1:35pm Tue 10 Jan 12

original harlequin says...

Boycott Swindon Railway Now - use Didcot, Oxford or Bath to make great savings in both train fares and parking fees - don't let the bureaucrats take you for a ride!!!!
Boycott Swindon Railway Now - use Didcot, Oxford or Bath to make great savings in both train fares and parking fees - don't let the bureaucrats take you for a ride!!!! original harlequin
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1:40pm Tue 10 Jan 12

Blatant71 says...

I love the fact that they are trying to blame it on a problem from when British Rail ran it....how long ago was that, typical spin whilst trying to cover the fact that they are ripping customers off for what is an absolutely abysmal service!

I recently had to spend a couple of days travelling up to London, it worked out cheaper for me to drive to Hungerford & get an anytime return from there than a single off peak from swindon.
I love the fact that they are trying to blame it on a problem from when British Rail ran it....how long ago was that, typical spin whilst trying to cover the fact that they are ripping customers off for what is an absolutely abysmal service! I recently had to spend a couple of days travelling up to London, it worked out cheaper for me to drive to Hungerford & get an anytime return from there than a single off peak from swindon. Blatant71
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1:41pm Tue 10 Jan 12

Trainuser says...

Day return from Swindon to London is £118.

BUT what they don't advertise is that you can buy a return from Swindon to Didcot and then a return from Didcot to London for £30 LESS! Same train, same journey. It is a total rip off. Just make sure the train actually stops at Didcot though, otherwise you get a penalty fine - another revenue generating activity on GWR.
Day return from Swindon to London is £118. BUT what they don't advertise is that you can buy a return from Swindon to Didcot and then a return from Didcot to London for £30 LESS! Same train, same journey. It is a total rip off. Just make sure the train actually stops at Didcot though, otherwise you get a penalty fine - another revenue generating activity on GWR. Trainuser
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4:44pm Tue 10 Jan 12

stfcphil says...

“A return journey from Swindon into London by car, for example, would cost about the same as our Anytime walk-on fare of £109. How does he work out that a return journey by car would cost £109. This would mean that the car was costing about 60p per mile to run. Mine costs about 13p per mile. Why did the journo not challenge him on this ???
“A return journey from Swindon into London by car, for example, would cost about the same as our Anytime walk-on fare of £109. How does he work out that a return journey by car would cost £109. This would mean that the car was costing about 60p per mile to run. Mine costs about 13p per mile. Why did the journo not challenge him on this ??? stfcphil
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6:08pm Tue 10 Jan 12

Hmmmf says...

"Why did the journo not challenge him on this ???"
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Because this is the Adver. They don't do challenging.
"Why did the journo not challenge him on this ???" . Because this is the Adver. They don't do challenging. Hmmmf
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6:11pm Tue 10 Jan 12

Hmmmf says...

"Commuters with season tickets pay just £15 each way, which wouldn’t even cover the Congestion Charge (£10)..."
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??? I blame it on the British Rail calculator he must be using.
"Commuters with season tickets pay just £15 each way, which wouldn’t even cover the Congestion Charge (£10)..." . ??? I blame it on the British Rail calculator he must be using. Hmmmf
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6:38pm Tue 10 Jan 12

toasted says...

Great tip from blatant71 to ride in from Hungerford...

Hungerford - paddington = £56.50

Swindon - paddington = £118

bit inconvenient but less than half the price!
Great tip from blatant71 to ride in from Hungerford... Hungerford - paddington = £56.50 Swindon - paddington = £118 bit inconvenient but less than half the price! toasted
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10:07pm Tue 10 Jan 12

moonmirage says...

I booked a ticket to travel with my autistic 7yr old to reading last year. spend a fantastic hour sat on the floor with a child crying their eyes out.

on the way back same issue, result = sat in first class and told the conductor where to go as I wasn't prepared to pay for a 2nd class ticket for a 3rd class service.... refused to give my name and the 1st class carriage sided with me?!? conductor walked off in a huff.....

never been on a train since mind as the car is much cheaper...and more convenient....
I booked a ticket to travel with my autistic 7yr old to reading last year. spend a fantastic hour sat on the floor with a child crying their eyes out. on the way back same issue, result = sat in first class and told the conductor where to go as I wasn't prepared to pay for a 2nd class ticket for a 3rd class service.... refused to give my name and the 1st class carriage sided with me?!? conductor walked off in a huff..... never been on a train since mind as the car is much cheaper...and more convenient.... moonmirage
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12:21pm Wed 11 Jan 12

Jim Royle says...

I travel quite reguarly to London on saturdays and often cannot get a seat. I join the numerous others standing up by the exit doors tripping over luggage. Not exactly value for money is it?
I travel quite reguarly to London on saturdays and often cannot get a seat. I join the numerous others standing up by the exit doors tripping over luggage. Not exactly value for money is it? Jim Royle
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