Why is it that I seem to post serious replies in "The Lighter side"
I think they're looking - as they should at markets like the part-timer.
If I do 10 days work (1 day per week) in London, commute in peak from Chippenham and I'm not sure what time train I'll be getting home, I'll pay around 1460.00 in total.
If I do 10 days work (5 days per week) in London, commute in peak from Chippenham and I'm not sure what time train I'll be getting home, I'll pay around 466.40 in total.
Why should it cost a part-timer nearly a thousand pounds more? They're getting the same amount of product, after all ...
With a car, you buy the car and invest the capital, so each additional journey is relatively cheap. With rail travel, there is the 25 - 60, employed, living in the UK, able bodied, not in the forces, travelling alone, assorted rather than regular daily journey, group who have to pay full whack every time. And, yes, there's scope for some sort of loyalty scheme.
But - can we keep it simple, please? A resident's railcard, purchasable by anyone who lives in the UK, and offering percentage off all single and return rail tickets. Perhaps even Bronze, Silver and Gold cards - cost 50, 150 and 300 pounds annually, offering 10%, 20% and 33% off?