Outdoor Excursions

It's amazing how things develop. After all, this blog started out as a news section for the rest of the website. With encouragement from readers, it has become a place for relating my countryside wanderings and musings about the world of outdoor activity. Walking, cycling and photography all are part of what I do out-of-doors and, hopefully, they will continue to inspire me to keep adding entries on here. Of course, there needs to be something of interest to you, dear reader, too and I hope that's the case. Thanks for coming.

Decline of the Saver Return?

July 3rd, 2007

It seems that early morning train travel is coming at a premium these days. Last Friday’s trip to Wales had me using an Open Return that cost me £42.40 rather than £33.60 as would have been the price for the Saver Return, a staple for all of us undertaking return trips on the railways in Britain. Yes, it cost more than I would have liked but it’s nothing when compares to the cost of journeys from Macclesfield to London at peak times.

For those, with the cost of an Open Return, the only option at peak times, is extortionate; it’s more than quadruple the cost of the equivalent Saver. You just have to wonder if this is a return to the bad old days of the 1970’s where people were being priced off the railway in order to control capacity. In fact, with the London example, it might just pay to go down the evening before and stay overnight. Overnight coach travel to London is another possibility but it isn’t for everyone. Otherwise, people are being encouraged to fly or drive, hardly good environmental practice.

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