Why rail travel is expensive
In theory, I like the idea of having a ‘Station Guide’ on National Rail Enquiries, to help plan your journey. As a concept, I can’t fault it.
In reality, though, do we really need the detail of three possible routes between the Car Park and Platform 2 at even the smallest local station? Do we really need to be given explicit guidelines to use either the ramp or the steps, and do we care that one option is 5m longer than the other? Do we really need to be told to bear right through the entrance after being told to head towards it?
If people are paid to take measurements, photographs and to come up with that sort of detail it’s no wonder that fares are on the rise.