Government to scrap franchising
In message , at 18:27:32 on Sun, 16 Feb
2020, Anna Noyd-Dryver remarked:
The Williams review will recommend an overhaul of Britain’s complicated
ticketing system. A “single-leg” pricing model will be proposed, making it
easier for customers to access the cheapest fare.
The change would bring an end to “split-ticketing” whereby customers are
forced to buy multiple tickets for the same journey to secure the lowest
That is of course complete nonsense. Most AC trips split at B are the
result of AB single leg price + BC single leg price being cheaper.
Which is exactly what it says. So why do you say it's nonsense?
Petulantly refusing to sell return tickets isn't going to change that.
You seem to have misread the piece. What it says is that, unlike today, the
A–C fare will be the same as A–B + B–C.
Higher prices for travellers from B, then.
Or possibly, simply cheaper for A-C?
Let's take a practical example (from a different thread).
Salisbury-Banbury CDR £52.10 versus:
Salisbury-Reading CDR 19.10
Reading-Banbury CDR 13.80
A difference of £19.20, as long as the Treasury can put up with that
degree of revenue abstraction in future.
If the split is triggered by time, the results can be spectacular:
Nottingham-London SOR £185.00 versus
Nottingham-Loughborough SDR 9.60 clock ticks to off-peak
Loughborough-London CDR SVR 104.50
A difference of £70.90; does this mean that the SOR needs to be cut
significantly, the SVR put up in price significantly, or something else?