Archive for May 8, 2018

Ticket to Ride

Posted in Biographical, Cardiff on May 8, 2018 by telescoper

Although ostensibly based in Cardiff this week I was today required to attend a meeting in London.

This morning I travelled to London Paddington. Inevitably the train was late. The advertised 10 carriage train also turned out to have only 5 carriages and was crammed; there were no seat reservations.

The meeting I attended was quite productive, and I had a nice walk back to Paddington in the warm sunshine.

Now I’m on the return train which also has only five carriages. It seems like Late Western policy to run trains with a short formation in order to maximise the discomfort of passengers. I do not know yet know if we will arrive on time in Cardiff.

My ticket (a one-day ‘off peak’ travelcard) cost £109.10, roughly the cost of two return flights between Cardiff and Dublin.

As a bonus though I got this:

I’ve always wanted to go there, but I’m not sure I want to visit four times. (For those of you not familiar with British geography, ‘Void’ is a place in the Midlands..)

If anyone thinks the pricing of UK train tickets would be reasonable even if the trains ran on time please explain your reasons via the comments box.

My own view, for what it’s worth, is that the travelling public are being fleeced.

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