Rail passenger figures rocketing in spite of price rises
Taking a trip on a train is a miserable business – they don’t go direct to your door and you get caned across the palm of your hand if you put your feet up on the seats. Apart from that, it’s great – oh, except for the ridiculous rising fares. Which aren’t going to get any cheaper any time soon.
In spite of all that, and the ‘current economic climate’ and that, rail passenger numbers are on the INCREASE, with new figures from the Association Of Train Operating Companies (Atoc) showing that passenger numbers have increased by 5.3% over the summer months, when compared to the same period last year. It’s all shaping up to be the busiest peacetime year since the 1920s, with some services being even more reliable than back then.
Rising petrol prices are being blamed for the rise in passenger figures with September petrol prices 18% higher than they were 12 months ago. By comparison, rail fares are only 6.2% higher than they were at the start of the year. Plus you can drink on a train. Atoc have also reported a surge in people visiting the coast by train. We assume they’re having holidays as opposed to wandering into the sea and never coming back.
What’s best then dear readers – a train or a car? Or a HORSE?