You do the maths… No, don’t bother, I’ve done it.

The bloody railway passengers are whinging about fare increases again. They need to think about how their commute is financed. For every passenger there are a lot more tax payers who never use a train from one year end to the next.

Yet these taxpayers still subsidise the privatised train companies via government handouts, handouts that are then raked off by the companies to pay dividends to shareholders instead of reinvested to give the passengers a better service.

Maybe, just maybe, if all those commuters in the south east had to subsidise transport costs for provincial peasants in the rest of the country who do not flock like lemmings into the capital each day they might appreciate just how their daily journey to a highly rewarded London job is paid for.

I’ve just looked at the National Rail website. The fare quoted for tomorrow, setting off from Brighton at 06:30 and returning from London at 17:30 is £40, in round figures, for the return journey. Season tickets are charged at comparatively lower rates than daily fares.

It costs me more than two pounds for a single, slightly less than a mile, journey if I go to work by bus… That’s why I walk.

Which is the better value for money, £40 for just over a hundred miles or £2 for just under a mile? If it were pro-rata, and estimating fifty two miles each way, you’d be looking at a fare in excess of £208 for the Brighton commuter.

Nationalising the railway as one entity, trains, track, signalling, maintenance, all under one roof, would make an instant saving equal to the amount of money that is given to shareholders. A saving that could be reinvested to improve the service or just used to reduce the annual fare increases.

Think about it.
Stop whinging.
Stop voting for the Tories.
Stop them giving your money to their fat cat friends.
Get the railway into public ownership where it belongs.

And, while we’re at it, let’s have the buses back under local government control.

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About Bob Hughes

Ex railwayman, life long railway modeller, lover of real ale and spicy food. Divorced, she got the kids, I got the dog.
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