MSE Blog: My rail fare miscarriage of justice

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Public Transport & Cycling
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Public Transport & Cycling
"As a Londoner with Kentish roots, I often venture back to the ‘Garden of England’ to see family and catch up with friends. However, this comes at a cost..."

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My rail fare miscarriage of justice


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  • agrinnallagrinnall
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    Why is this worthy of discussion? Seems like business as usual on UK railways to me.
  • Blackbeard_of_PerranporthBlackbeard_of_Perranporth Forumite
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    SiL's normal journey by train takes 3 hours. On Saturday it would had taken 4 hours or more.

    A car takes just over 2 hours.

    There is you answer
  • tgroom57tgroom57 Forumite
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    I think the phrase is 'Grow a pair!'

    You didn't check for engineering works before you booked? Why not ? If this is a deciding factor for you make a point of checking in advance.

    Weekend prices are already cheaper, stuffed full of Off-peak and Super Off-Peak tickets. You are not paying the 'same price' as you would travelling on a normal Monday to Friday peak time ticket.
  • RuthnJasperRuthnJasper Forumite
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    1) Check for engineering works and cancellations
    2) Book ticket

    A 'miscarriage of justice' is something like the original Hillsborough inquiry, an abusive criminal getting off scot-free or similar. It is not something like failing to research a journey properly before buying a ticket.
  • esuhlesuhl Forumite
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    A car takes just over 2 hours.

    There is you answer

    As a premise you'd assume that taking a car isn't an option! Surely no one would be crazy enough to travel by train if they had a "better" alternative?!
  • Blackbeard_of_PerranporthBlackbeard_of_Perranporth Forumite
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    esuhl wrote: »
    As a premise you'd assume that taking a car isn't an option! Surely no one would be crazy enough to travel by train if they had a "better" alternative?!
    Trains are good or transporting people en mass to major conurbations for work. Outside of 7 to 9 and 4 to 6 on weekdays, forget the service!
  • AltarfAltarf Forumite
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    Trains are good or transporting people en mass to major conurbations for work. Outside of 7 to 9 and 4 to 6 on weekdays, forget the service!

    A sweeping (and inaccurate) generalisation.

    The train I caught late this evening that got me home twice as fast as driving was obviously a figment of my imagination.
  • Blackbeard_of_PerranporthBlackbeard_of_Perranporth Forumite
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    Altarf wrote: »
    A sweeping (and inaccurate) generalisation.

    The train I caught late this evening that got me home twice as fast as driving was obviously a figment of my imagination.
    Put your reading glasses on. The journey posed is for a weekend, and there is engineering work on.

    They do not do engineering work during the week!
  • thelawnetthelawnet Forumite
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    This is an April Fools I think?
  • yorkie2yorkie2 Forumite
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    Definitely an April Fools as there is no "miscarriage of justice"; I was expecting one of the following:

    - An incorrectly issued Penalty Fare;
    - An unfair threat of prosecution;
    - A refusal by the rail industry to honour tickets sold by a booking engine;
    - A refusal by the rail industry to honour tickets by a permitted route;
    - An unwarranted excess fare

    Many of which happen on a regular basis!
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