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Less complexity in fares should be rail companies' new year's resolution- Randerson

December 22, 2009 9:52 AM

Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Transport Minister, Jenny Randerson AM has today called on rail companies to use 2010 to simplify fare structures and cut the costs of travelling for passengers. It comes as First Great Western has introduced new restrictions on its cheapest tickets for flexible travel, meaning many passengers travelling into London from South Wales could face up to 20% higher fares. Jenny Randerson said: "I hope that the train companies use 2010 as an> opportunity to simplify the fare structures so people can afford to travel at short notice, as well as with careful planning. "Time was when you could just turn up at the station and get a ticket. These days it seems like you need to be willing to remortgage your> house just to afford the ticket. "I hope that 2010 sees the dawn of a brighter time for passengers and not just profits." Notes: FGW has replaced its previous off peak ticket with a new fare at the same price but with more restrictions. These restrictions are now covered by a new fare, at a 20% higher rate.