I’m a big fan of train travel. I’m based in Leeds and lots of my clients are in London and the south east but thanks to the internet and a great train service it’s not a problem.
But since January something has changed. We book our tickets on the GNER website and are used to paying between £55 to £80 for a return journey from Wakefield to London. Recently the price has rocketed so we no longer find similar journeys for under £107. Newspaper reports in January said GNER’s unregulated fares on the East Coast line were going up by 8.8%. And the rest! All that I can think is that they’ve reduced the number of discounted and saver tickets available.
But the price I’ve just had now takes the p**s. £237 for a business saver ticket on January 30! Who are they trying to kid? I could drive down the night before, stay in a London hotel (booked via Laterooms), have a decent meal with friends and still be quids in.
Even booking a month or two months in advance the cheapest I can find is £107. What I want GNER to explain is how last year I could travel at the same times for between about £55 to £80 yet they claim fare increases of less than 10%.