The Times reports:
Passengers will lose out from a decision by train companies to stop giving refunds for tickets bought in advance and to double the fee for changes to journey times.
The move is part of what the companies are calling a simplification of rail fares into three main types, which they claim will be easier to understand. More than a million leaflets will be distributed at stations from today explaining the changes but they fail to mention that many passengers will be worse off under the new national refunds policy.
Britain's rail passengers worse off? Who'd ever have thought it!
Britain's rail misery will never end until two important steps are taken. The first, is to restore the whole railway network into public ownership. The second is to scrap 'market' pricing and instead introduce the simple distance-based pricing system which operates in the rest of Europe. In Belgium for instance, train fares don't go up at peak times, the Belgian State Railways simply lays on more trains. It really isn't rocket science.
Britain's privatised railway nightmare, with its extortionate fares and complicated, user-unfriendly ticketing is a classic example of what happens when government ditches common sense and instead follows the recommendations of neoliberal fanatics.
"We propose things which people regard as being on the edge of lunacy. The next thing you know, they're on the edge of policy"once boasted Madsen Pirie, President of the Adam Smith Institute. Yes, but it still doesn't stop them from being on the edge of lunacy, Madsen.