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Thursday, 07 June 2007
Internet on the train


This man was on the train with me the other day, connecting his laptop to the Internet via his mobile telephone.  He had been unable to buy a ticket before boarding the train, and when the ticket collector came around he had to buy a ticket from her. The ticket collectors also have mobile devices that print tickets, and connect to the banking system to collect your fare from a bank card.  The ticket collector had originally quoted a fare of about £14. The man was able to query this and get a fare of just over £4. He had used his laptop to verify the fares available and could therefore confidently query the fare and suggest a different type of ticket/fare.

It makes you wonder why there are such variable fares for set journey and why the ticket collector doesn’t automatically calculate the cheapest available.  My train operator is Southern, and their website’s tickets page lists 12 ticket types and 5 “ticket schemes”. They’re like a bunch of rip-off artists if you ask me…

Posted by bigblue on 07/06/2007 at 11:48 PM
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