I was looking at fares today for trains between Southampton and Carmarthen. I know that fares in this country are complicated, but I don’t think I’ve seen anything this bad before.
Looking at travel from the suburb of Swaythling, if I travel at 12.43 it will cost me £31.60, on a ‘turn up and go’ ticket. If I travel an hour later, it will cost me £51.90, simply because the train takes a different route (even though the journey time is similar). Waiting for the next train another hour later will save me money because the standard fare is back to £31.60 – but I can get an Advance fare for just £12.55.
Airport Parkway has more trains and so I thought I might get more choice of Advance fares. Apparently not, however. Despite being further up the line (with a bus fare of £2), the cheapest ticket *on the same train* to Carmarthen is not £12.55 but £61.70.
That’s an expensive walk or bus ride…