Train fare too costly for travel to train conference

11 November 2009

A train, yesterday.

200 Network Rail staff are preparing to head from Reading to Coventry for a conference, but they won’t be getting there via the rail service that they oversee. No, they’ll be going there and back by coach – as the prospective rail fares for them all was deemed to be too expensive.

The BBC are reporting that taking the mob by road would work out as being £24,000 cheaper than going by train. The coach travel will set Network Rail back just £12 per head as opposed to the £135 that an open return train ticket would have cost.

A Network Rail spokesman got his sums right when he understatemented: "Whilst we have no role in setting train fares, we use rail for the overwhelming number of business journeys. Occasionally, if there is a cheaper alternative, we will use that."

So it turns out train fares are expensive – we’re hoping that’s not the theme of the conference.

TOPICS:   Travel


  • Jeffrey A.
    Sweaty twats.
  • CompactDistance
    Why buy an open return?
  • Junkyard
    Because they're so incompetent they can't remember the date the organised the conference for.
  • Junkyard
    If they only use trains when there's no cheaper alternative, they'd never use trains. Coaches are always cheaper, usually by an order of magnitude. Hell, on most rail journeys it's cheaper to get a taxi.
  • Lee
    Surely if they'd booked 15 years in advance they could get it for £1 each?
  • Tom T.
    Well I found return fares of £20.00 by rail. They would need to buy an off-peak return from Reading to Banbury (for £10) and a return from Banbury to Coventry (another £10). This 'research' took just 5 minutes, using their own website......
  • Alex W.
    So what if the conference started at 9am, or indeed at any time that meant they had to travel peak? Eh? EH?
  • wanderer
    because long distance you normally cant get day return and network rail dont get free travel anymore
  • Peter G.
    I call shennanigans. Its due to the fact that they can make a huge profit selling those seats to regular punters instead of zero profit when letting their own staff travel and claiming their tickets back on expenses. Money grabbing bast***ds.
  • Junkyard
    Except the actual cost to them of a seat on a train is a few pence, and there's always plenty of them free thanks to the ridiculously high prices.

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