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  1. Published on: 23/12/2018 08:44 AMReported by: roving-eye


    Merseyrail has announced that its ticket prices will increase by an average of 2.9% in January, ensuring that it still offers some of the lowest fares on the railway.

    Its popular Day Saver ticket, which offers unlimited travel after 0930 on weekdays and anytime on weekends and bank holidays, will rise by just 1.9% to £5.30 for an adult all-zone ticket.

    The rail operator will continue to keep family days out affordable as its Family Ticket price will be frozen at £11 for the third consecutive year.

    Merseyrail’s Commercial Director, Suzanne Grant said:

    “Merseyrail continues to be the most affordable and the most punctual network in the country. 98% of fares are reinvested back in to the railway, which enables further improvements to be made to the network so that we can continue to deliver a reliable and robust service for our passengers”.

    In the Spring 2018 National Rail Passenger Survey, Merseyrail was voted as the number one franchised operator and one of the top two for offering value for money. The operator also became the first to win three awards at the prestigious National Rail Awards, including the flagship title of Passenger Operator of the Year 2018.

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  3. Lancashire Mike says:26/12/2018 05:28 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by roving-eye View Post


    Merseyrail has announced that its ticket prices will increase by an average of 2.9% in January, ensuring that it still offers some of the lowest fares on the railway.

    Its popular Day Saver ticket, which offers unlimited travel after 0930 on weekdays and anytime on weekends and bank holidays, will rise by just 1.9% to £5.30 for an adult all-zone ticket.

    The rail operator will continue to keep family days out affordable as its Family Ticket price will be frozen at £11 for the third consecutive year.

    Merseyrail’s Commercial Director, Suzanne Grant said:

    “Merseyrail continues to be the most affordable and the most punctual network in the country. 98% of fares are reinvested back in to the railway, which enables further improvements to be made to the network so that we can continue to deliver a reliable and robust service for our passengers”.

    In the Spring 2018 National Rail Passenger Survey, Merseyrail was voted as the number one franchised operator and one of the top two for offering value for money. The operator also became the first to win three awards at the prestigious National Rail Awards, including the flagship title of Passenger Operator of the Year 2018.
    I wish my pension was increasing in-line with all these increases too

  4. abbeyroad says:27/12/2018 09:21 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by Lancashire Mike View Post
    I wish my pension was increasing in-line with all these increases too
    If you're a pensioner don't you qualify for free travel on Merseyrail, in which case any price increase won't affect you?

  5. Alikado says:27/12/2018 01:06 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by abbeyroad View Post
    If you're a pensioner don't you qualify for free travel on Merseyrail, in which case any price increase won't affect you?
    Only Off Peak, if like me it saves me about 20p a day buying a single instead of a return, it also negates any benefits of buying longer term tickets.

  6. steve says:28/12/2018 05:24 PM
    Family member going back to London from Preston yesterday, £91.50 single. Nationalise !!!

  7. libraryguy says:30/12/2018 03:37 PM
    If you knew your family member's plans in advance, why didn't you pre-book the ticket on the National Rail website? www.nationalrail.co.uk

    In the summer of 2017 I managed to pre-book a friend's ticket from Lime Street to London returning 2 days later for £40 return (2 singles).

    Even with just a few weeks or days notice you can get better deals. No wonder you paid £91.50 single buying your ticket on the day.

  8. gsgsgs says:30/12/2018 04:19 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by libraryguy View Post
    If you knew your family member's plans in advance, why didn't you pre-book the ticket on the National Rail website? www.nationalrail.co.uk

    In the summer of 2017 I managed to pre-book a friend's ticket from Lime Street to London returning 2 days later for £40 return (2 singles).

    Even with just a few weeks or days notice you can get better deals. No wonder you paid £91.50 single buying your ticket on the day.
    Assuming you know you're travelling booking ahead in advance is by far cheaper. I found £47 return to London from Southport, I looked at first class and it was £7 dearer so went 1st class, with the lounge at Lime St & Euston with complementary tea, coffee water & snacks, on board a meal with wine, tea & coffee it was well worth it.

  9. Alikado says:30/12/2018 04:38 PM
    Advance bookings are often available up to an hour before departure, it is also worth checking split ticketing on websites such as http://www.raileasy.co.uk/ also don't forget the cashback websites such as Topcashback and Quidco.

  10. abbeyroad says:30/12/2018 05:26 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by steve View Post
    Family member going back to London from Preston yesterday, £91.50 single. Nationalise !!!
    So speaks someone who clearly wasn't around the last time the railways were nationalised.

  11. Alikado says:31/12/2018 11:45 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by abbeyroad View Post
    So speaks someone who clearly wasn't around the last time the railways were nationalised.
    The Nationalised Railways were far better than the ones today, the modern ones are more are cleaner but no more punctual, overcrowding never occurred to the extent it does today as they just put another carriage on and cancelations seldom happened as nobody worried about a leaf on the line.

  12. abbeyroad says:31/12/2018 01:25 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Alikado View Post
    The Nationalised Railways were far better than the ones today, the modern ones are more are cleaner but no more punctual, overcrowding never occurred to the extent it does today as they just put another carriage on and cancelations seldom happened as nobody worried about a leaf on the line.
    Now there's a classic socialist example of re-writing history if ever I saw one. Where I would concede is that cancellations were more of a rarity, but that had far more to do with the fact that a nationalised British Rail was never averse to employing three people to perform one person's job. That's nationalisation for you in a nutshell.

  13. salus.populi says:31/12/2018 02:14 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by abbeyroad View Post
    Now there's a classic socialist example of re-writing history if ever I saw one. Where I would concede is that cancellations were more of a rarity, but that had far more to do with the fact that a nationalised British Rail was never averse to employing three people to perform one person's job. That's nationalisation for you in a nutshell.
    So in a nutshell a nationalised service employed the right number of people to keep the service running as planned whilst a privatised service employs as few people as possible to protect profit margins and keep shareholders rather than passengers happy. Privatised services also rely on the willingness of staff to regularly work overtime to keep the service running so whenever there's a dispute the staff don't even need to strike to bring the service to its knees, they just refuse the voluntary overtime.

  14. Alikado says:31/12/2018 02:36 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by abbeyroad View Post
    Now there's a classic socialist example of re-writing history if ever I saw one. Where I would concede is that cancellations were more of a rarity, but that had far more to do with the fact that a nationalised British Rail was never averse to employing three people to perform one person's job. That's nationalisation for you in a nutshell.
    That is part of providing a comprehensive service, having capacity, it is also highly preferable to having vast numbers of unemployed.


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