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Jun 8, 2011, 9:42 AM
Re: [villahopper] Random & Pointless Things That Really Annoy You
What a load of crap. With all due respect
With all due respect the crap is coming from your direction!
Are you seriously suggesting that if somebody finds perhaps two out of three ticket office windows closed and a massive queue at the one that is open and a ticket machine that either doesn't work or doesn't issue the ticket that they require should miss their intended train and wait half an hour, an hour or perhaps more for another train? Perhaps it's the train company that should be fined for failing to provide adequate levels of service?
At many rural stations there is no ticket office or machine and there is no option other than to pay on the train or at the destination, that's if there is a ticket office or machine there of course.
In fairness one train company that I have found very good whenever I've used them are Grand Central out of Kings Cross, clean comfortable trains, friendly and efficient staff and no penalty fares, in fact they advertise the fact that passengers can buy a ticket on board which obviously saves all the queueing at the ticket office.
A couple of links to the problems penalty fares cause in the London area:
I won't comment on whether train drivers are overpaid, I know a driver on the London Underground and he puts forward similar arguments to you but he does admit that most of his time is spent sat at the controls of a train that drives itself.
(This post was edited by Isaac on Jun 8, 2011, 10:04 AM)