Bristol Area Pay-as-you-go Scheme – the first serious attempt at fares reform?

While seemingly everyone has been busily debating the amount of discount that the long-hyped (but yet to appear) new flexible carnet fares might provide, something much more radical is about to happen in the Bristol area from 16 May. Great Western Railway (GWR)’s direct franchise award with the Department for Transport (DfT) from 29 March … Continue reading “Bristol Area Pay-as-you-go Scheme – the first serious attempt at fares reform?”

Low-cost on the Rails

Most of us are familiar with low-cost airlines. In recent decades, these new cheaper flights, also known as ‘no frills’ services revolutionised the way we travel internationally in Europe, bringing air travel within reach of most people for the first time. The question I seek to ask here is: are there equivalents available on the … Continue reading “Low-cost on the Rails”

Oysterless Contactless…

On Thursday 29 August the zonal pay-as-you-go (PAYG) fares system for London was extended to cover Brookmans Park station in Hertfordshire. This is particularly notable because Brookmans Park is the first (and so far, only) station within the system at which Oyster cards are not valid. I’ve taken the opportunity to make some changes to … Continue reading “Oysterless Contactless…”