Arriva Train Wales walk-on off-peak fares increases

AFX News article reporting that Arriva Train Wales is joining South West Trains in raising some walk-on off-peak fares (ATW is abolishing SuperSavers), and that Passenger Focus is not happy about it. See the Passenger Focus press notice.

Comment. There seems to be no allegation of exploitative abuse in this case. I don't think that the fact that Arriva Train Wales receives subsidy rather than pays premium changes anything to the argument in South West Trains fares increases | viewpoint: Franck — the revenue-producing purpose takes a different form (reducing the subsidy requirement) but is just the same in substance. One difference between the two cases is that Arriva Trains Wales, unlike South West Trains, has been operating under its current franchise agreement for several years: it may be more difficult for Arriva to argue that a price increase now is necessary to achieve a purpose that seems to have existed for some time. But there might have been changes of circumstances that explain the change of policy. Franck

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