The ticket hike will help pay for 40 more carriages and 3,000 more seats on the new Cross Country service…
Is there any other business that’s run on these lines? Did Tescos charge more for tinned peaches in order to pay for their self-service checkouts? Of course not. Any decent well-run company is charging top whack anyway. And any investment should be able to pay for itself.
Of course, neither of these things apply to the rail industry where fare control with its concomitants of losses and subsidy mean that all sorts of perfectly sensible investments cannot be made without someone - whether the passenger or taxpayer - being made to feel a loser.
The answer is to abolish fare control.
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