‘Wide range of fares fuelling success’

Helping businesses to operate at an international level are (left to right) Peter Kennan (tax partner), Richard Frost (managing partner), Andy Poole (solicitor services manager) and Martyn Weatherall (Senior Partner).
Helping businesses to operate at an international level are (left to right) Peter Kennan (tax partner), Richard Frost (managing partner), Andy Poole (solicitor services manager) and Martyn Weatherall (Senior Partner).

TRAIN operators say companies offer a wide range of fares to attract as many passengers as they can – and use of the railways continues to grow.

A spokesperson for the Association of Train Operating Companies said: “There are some situations when it is possible to find a combination of tickets that are cheaper than a direct fare.

“This is a result of there being more than 20 train companies that offer services between all 2,500 stations in Britain.

“British Rail stopped using a ‘cost-per-mile’ basis for train tickets in the 1960s, and today train companies work to offer passengers a wide range of fares to attract as many people as they can to the railways – they have had considerable success, with more people travelling now than since the 1920s and passenger numbers continuing to rise.

“Under government-set regulations, operators are obligated to sell passengers the cheapest ticket for the journey they are making.

“Offering every single possible combination of tickets for a route would be extremely impractical, but if a passenger asks for more than one ticket, that is what they will be sold.”