Thursday, March 15, 2007

Years of price hikes

Efforts to ease overcrowding on trains were announced yesterday with the revolutionary idea that more capacity might do it. Genius. Today though, we learn that the long-suffering paying customer will fund it. In no other realm of business would this be accepted. The train operators run an inadequate service and expect those already thoroughly narked by it to cough for bringing it up to code. I would have thought investing some of those profits would be a better way to go. Either way, yet higher fares will not do anything to persuade people out of cars, thereby making a mockery of any pledges to ease congestion and/or polluting emissions that the government may make.

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