Rush Hour Rail Fares – Reduction

At the moment travelling by train during the rush hour, when most people are going to work, is the most expensive time of the day to travel.  Fares reduce once the rush hour is over and yet the journeys taken in off-peak are far more pleasant and enjoyable as people have more room.

My idea is to reverse this, to make the less pleasant, busiest and yet economically most important journeys the cheapest to take, whilst those trips that people take for purely pleasure more expensive if necessary.

At the moment there is a kind of economic discrimination against those of us who go to work during the rush hour while the ladies (and gents) of leisure have their fares subsidised by the rest of us

Why is this idea important?

At the moment travelling by train during the rush hour, when most people are going to work, is the most expensive time of the day to travel.  Fares reduce once the rush hour is over and yet the journeys taken in off-peak are far more pleasant and enjoyable as people have more room.

My idea is to reverse this, to make the less pleasant, busiest and yet economically most important journeys the cheapest to take, whilst those trips that people take for purely pleasure more expensive if necessary.

At the moment there is a kind of economic discrimination against those of us who go to work during the rush hour while the ladies (and gents) of leisure have their fares subsidised by the rest of us

Travel Anonymously By Rail

1. Eurostar tickets bought in the UK have to, by law, have your name printed on them. (Although not if purchased on the more freedom-respecting continent.)

2. London Transport tracks your whereabouts, if not any longer by CCTV camera, certainly still by computer every time you enter or leave a station or board a bus.

This should be abolished.

Why is this idea important?

1. Eurostar tickets bought in the UK have to, by law, have your name printed on them. (Although not if purchased on the more freedom-respecting continent.)

2. London Transport tracks your whereabouts, if not any longer by CCTV camera, certainly still by computer every time you enter or leave a station or board a bus.

This should be abolished.

Community Buses.

Villages and large estates, should be provided with a bus exclusively for their own use. It could be mainly used for ferrying residents to the nearest town, station, school and back home, but could also be used for leisure activities. For instance, if there was a pub run it would save drink driving; if there was a nightclub run it would prevent hoons causing havoc on the streets. Kids and Oaps could also be taken to the local leisure centre, the options are endless.

 

 

Why is this idea important?

Villages and large estates, should be provided with a bus exclusively for their own use. It could be mainly used for ferrying residents to the nearest town, station, school and back home, but could also be used for leisure activities. For instance, if there was a pub run it would save drink driving; if there was a nightclub run it would prevent hoons causing havoc on the streets. Kids and Oaps could also be taken to the local leisure centre, the options are endless.

 

 

Review all Health & Safety legislation for ‘reasonableness’

All H&S legislation should be subject to sweeping reform based on commonsense and reasonableness, with a view to reducing its effect on every aspect of daily life apart from the original concept of protecting life and limb in traditionally dangerous industries.

Why is this idea important?

All H&S legislation should be subject to sweeping reform based on commonsense and reasonableness, with a view to reducing its effect on every aspect of daily life apart from the original concept of protecting life and limb in traditionally dangerous industries.

HIGH SPEED RAIL

Remove any legislation enabling the development of current proposals for high speed rail.  The proposals are not cost effective and will disadvantage whole communities by concentrating availability on small pockets and by failing to connect with existing rail facilities.

The real issue facing railways in Britain is not speed.  It is capacity.  Unless and until the width and height of trains can be achieved to create high capacity trains the railways will become increasingly uneconomic.  Given scarce resources a programme of widening and increasing the height of the routes and removing bottlenecks is the more cost effective option.  High speed rail will not be environmentally friendly and will deliver, probably, no cost benefit.  Nor is it sufficient simply to adopt the continental standards.  Provision should be made for yet wider and taller trains.

If, once the railways have been thus enhanced and modernised, high speed rail is then considered it should link in with existing facilities and enable those disadvantaged by the gridlock effect of places such as Birmingham to enjoy its benefits too.

Too much attention is paid to the single component of a journey.  What is mooted as a "one hour" journey will actually be a four hour journey when considering the necessary connecting journeys at each end.  A thirty minute saving is an irrelevance.

Why is this idea important?

Remove any legislation enabling the development of current proposals for high speed rail.  The proposals are not cost effective and will disadvantage whole communities by concentrating availability on small pockets and by failing to connect with existing rail facilities.

The real issue facing railways in Britain is not speed.  It is capacity.  Unless and until the width and height of trains can be achieved to create high capacity trains the railways will become increasingly uneconomic.  Given scarce resources a programme of widening and increasing the height of the routes and removing bottlenecks is the more cost effective option.  High speed rail will not be environmentally friendly and will deliver, probably, no cost benefit.  Nor is it sufficient simply to adopt the continental standards.  Provision should be made for yet wider and taller trains.

If, once the railways have been thus enhanced and modernised, high speed rail is then considered it should link in with existing facilities and enable those disadvantaged by the gridlock effect of places such as Birmingham to enjoy its benefits too.

Too much attention is paid to the single component of a journey.  What is mooted as a "one hour" journey will actually be a four hour journey when considering the necessary connecting journeys at each end.  A thirty minute saving is an irrelevance.

creating jobs

the UK seems to be so congested its almost at a standstill.

we need to create a lot more cheaper parking, slash the price of public transport and car fuel.  this will allow people to move around the country more freely and bring out those who could not afford to leave their homes  (i for one would visit more places in the UK if this happened) and have a bit more money to spend wherever they visit be it for holiday or shopping.  retail etc would be busier which of course leads to more employment in retail and hopefully expansion which would create even more jobs which will have a knock on effect on other employment in offices, factories etc and if we brought the VAT back to 15% to help things along and hopefully we will all benefit.  

at the moment i feel we are trapped.  congestion charge to get into London which stops alot of people coming in to spend as what is the fun of going on a train with a load of bags so then people spend less.  people who work in London have to already spend money on expensive fuel and put mileage on their cars and then pay congestion charge.  so this is to force us onto public transport.  Great!!!  expensive, dirty and unreliable.

Why is this idea important?

the UK seems to be so congested its almost at a standstill.

we need to create a lot more cheaper parking, slash the price of public transport and car fuel.  this will allow people to move around the country more freely and bring out those who could not afford to leave their homes  (i for one would visit more places in the UK if this happened) and have a bit more money to spend wherever they visit be it for holiday or shopping.  retail etc would be busier which of course leads to more employment in retail and hopefully expansion which would create even more jobs which will have a knock on effect on other employment in offices, factories etc and if we brought the VAT back to 15% to help things along and hopefully we will all benefit.  

at the moment i feel we are trapped.  congestion charge to get into London which stops alot of people coming in to spend as what is the fun of going on a train with a load of bags so then people spend less.  people who work in London have to already spend money on expensive fuel and put mileage on their cars and then pay congestion charge.  so this is to force us onto public transport.  Great!!!  expensive, dirty and unreliable.

Reduce “use public transport” campaigns – just flatten intercity train fares

Every week there is a public funded initiative or scheme aiming to persuade us to use public transport. Adopt my idea and 1) many of these schemes can be ditched 2) people will use public transport in droves, and on a whim.

We watch the next campaign champion or MP making his appeal. We read, watch or hear the advert telling us to reduce our carbon miles. The problems hits when we decide to take action! Just look at the cost of traveling anywhere on a train (short, local journeys aside). If I travel today the train fare to the next city I'm looking at is over £100 – well today I think I will just take the car! Had I booked a week ago the same ticket would have cost £15. In practice this decision is made every time I consider travelling – consequently every time I take the car. This is madness. Very few people want to book ahead – and of course the quantity of £15 tickets are limited anyway. Why are our pockets being punished to the value of £100 if we choose to travel today? I wager that if the ticket was £15 whether I book one week in advance or one minute in advance, then my (and most people's) use of intercity trains would rocket. The trains would carry more passengers (and expand with demand), and make more efficiencies, and we would see green transport uptake at last. One last comment – don't let the train companies declare themselves compliant by publishing just a couple of these "on the day" £15 tickets: make them flatten all their fares for the same journey.

Why is this idea important?

Every week there is a public funded initiative or scheme aiming to persuade us to use public transport. Adopt my idea and 1) many of these schemes can be ditched 2) people will use public transport in droves, and on a whim.

We watch the next campaign champion or MP making his appeal. We read, watch or hear the advert telling us to reduce our carbon miles. The problems hits when we decide to take action! Just look at the cost of traveling anywhere on a train (short, local journeys aside). If I travel today the train fare to the next city I'm looking at is over £100 – well today I think I will just take the car! Had I booked a week ago the same ticket would have cost £15. In practice this decision is made every time I consider travelling – consequently every time I take the car. This is madness. Very few people want to book ahead – and of course the quantity of £15 tickets are limited anyway. Why are our pockets being punished to the value of £100 if we choose to travel today? I wager that if the ticket was £15 whether I book one week in advance or one minute in advance, then my (and most people's) use of intercity trains would rocket. The trains would carry more passengers (and expand with demand), and make more efficiencies, and we would see green transport uptake at last. One last comment – don't let the train companies declare themselves compliant by publishing just a couple of these "on the day" £15 tickets: make them flatten all their fares for the same journey.

Ellimination of all motor vehicles from cities centres.

No private motor vehicles to enter into a designated radius from the city centre.

Electified public transport should cover all  transport needs in the cities of the nation. Multi-storied car parks to be built above railway stations some considerable distance from the city centre. Car owners must park and ride public transport into the no vehicle zones. Every street in the non car zones must be serviced by public transport. A small fee to be charged for using the buses, trams or monorail services.

Why is this idea important?

No private motor vehicles to enter into a designated radius from the city centre.

Electified public transport should cover all  transport needs in the cities of the nation. Multi-storied car parks to be built above railway stations some considerable distance from the city centre. Car owners must park and ride public transport into the no vehicle zones. Every street in the non car zones must be serviced by public transport. A small fee to be charged for using the buses, trams or monorail services.

fuel costs

Fuel costs and other motoring costs are going to RISE despite the oil prices? Ok? Its happening? If you as a Goivernment are NOT going to step in and STOP garages from over charging us at the pump (by a new teired retail profit  price based tax system)

Then lets al least HELP people who NEED transport. I propose that taxis, busses, police services, ambulances, fire services, are all essential. And that for this reason they should be allowed to run on RED DIESEL. At present only agricultural vehicles can do this and it does not seem right.

Why is this idea important?

Fuel costs and other motoring costs are going to RISE despite the oil prices? Ok? Its happening? If you as a Goivernment are NOT going to step in and STOP garages from over charging us at the pump (by a new teired retail profit  price based tax system)

Then lets al least HELP people who NEED transport. I propose that taxis, busses, police services, ambulances, fire services, are all essential. And that for this reason they should be allowed to run on RED DIESEL. At present only agricultural vehicles can do this and it does not seem right.

Reconnect Town and Country and you begin to Rebuild Broken Britain

I'm amazed that so few have raised this issue so far…

My idea is to reclassify former railway alignments under a new land classification category, using the United States' "Rail Bank" system as our model, and implement a planning moratorium protecting these potentially vital future transport corridors from the kind of cheap, ill-thought out and economically stagnant housing and commercial retail-park/strip-mall type developments we have seen under both the Tory and Labour administrations of the last 30 years.

Empower and financially incentivise local communities and rail companies to allow them to bring back those lines that were closed as being uneconomic under the Beeching Axe but which would now clearly serve a vital social and economic purpose for all those communities through which they pass.

Rail reopening is subject to so many planning restrictions… whilst the purchase and development of railway land is so simple for large Corporate developers who have no interest in retaining the former alignments for future transport links to be restored.

This situation must be reversed. It must be HARD for such potentially vital transport corridors to be disposed of! It must be made EASIER for planning authorities to turn away developers, and they should be encouraged to do so, unless that developer includes the preservation of the alignment within their plans.

In nearly every instance, the power to re-open lines lies with central government and (yet another quango) the SRA. Again, this situation must be reversed. This must in many, if not most cases be a local decision, for the local community whom the reopened line would serve.

Finally, the Coalition should publicly recognise that schemes focused on prising motorists away from their vehicles cannot simply focus on the bicycle and cycle lanes as an alternative.

Young children cannot cycle 10 miles into school, OAP's and those with disabilities cannot cycle 10 miles into town and ordinary Mums and Dads can't do a day's shopping with the family and cycle 10 miles back home carrying 10 bags.

If you want us out of our cars, and if you feel that buses are slow and unpleasant and clog up the roads even more… then good quality, frequent and reliable suburban and rural light rail services are your answer.

Likewise, you cannot transfer the vast amounts of freight that travel by road, away from lorries and onto bicycles. If we want to see less freight travel by road, again, rail is the only real answer.

Why is this idea important?

I'm amazed that so few have raised this issue so far…

My idea is to reclassify former railway alignments under a new land classification category, using the United States' "Rail Bank" system as our model, and implement a planning moratorium protecting these potentially vital future transport corridors from the kind of cheap, ill-thought out and economically stagnant housing and commercial retail-park/strip-mall type developments we have seen under both the Tory and Labour administrations of the last 30 years.

Empower and financially incentivise local communities and rail companies to allow them to bring back those lines that were closed as being uneconomic under the Beeching Axe but which would now clearly serve a vital social and economic purpose for all those communities through which they pass.

Rail reopening is subject to so many planning restrictions… whilst the purchase and development of railway land is so simple for large Corporate developers who have no interest in retaining the former alignments for future transport links to be restored.

This situation must be reversed. It must be HARD for such potentially vital transport corridors to be disposed of! It must be made EASIER for planning authorities to turn away developers, and they should be encouraged to do so, unless that developer includes the preservation of the alignment within their plans.

In nearly every instance, the power to re-open lines lies with central government and (yet another quango) the SRA. Again, this situation must be reversed. This must in many, if not most cases be a local decision, for the local community whom the reopened line would serve.

Finally, the Coalition should publicly recognise that schemes focused on prising motorists away from their vehicles cannot simply focus on the bicycle and cycle lanes as an alternative.

Young children cannot cycle 10 miles into school, OAP's and those with disabilities cannot cycle 10 miles into town and ordinary Mums and Dads can't do a day's shopping with the family and cycle 10 miles back home carrying 10 bags.

If you want us out of our cars, and if you feel that buses are slow and unpleasant and clog up the roads even more… then good quality, frequent and reliable suburban and rural light rail services are your answer.

Likewise, you cannot transfer the vast amounts of freight that travel by road, away from lorries and onto bicycles. If we want to see less freight travel by road, again, rail is the only real answer.

Cheaper Public Transport and Reduce Carbon Foot Print

Respected Deputy Prime Minister,


Sub : Green UK through Changing the Monthly Season Ticket system


As a commuter, every day I have to travel Uxbridge from Brighton to perform my duty at work. Many other people do the same journey everyday from Brighton, Littlehampton, Hayward’s Heath and Burges Hill.
 

The cost of journey will be approximately £385/- a month by train monthly season ticket for advance payment. The total cost for 365 days will be £4620/-.
 

To save money everyone including myself travel via CAR as it’s a cheaper option for everyone than train. This will create a chaotic situation on all roads. I generally travel on M25 to reach my office. I have used my car for the last 18 months with very chaotic traffic during office hours.

There are many people with depressed emotions in such chaotic traffic with finding themselves helpless and blaming government for not taking any corrective actions.
 

Is there any plan ready with government to handle the traffic after 5 years? I am sure it will be worse if we do not take any corrective action now.

I personally think that government can help to reduce traffic on roads by promoting alternative cheaper train journey for daily commuters.


To reduce the carbon foot print, many companies now allow employees to work from home and my company also allows me to work from home for 2 days in a week. So in general I have to travel 3 days a week. So actually 12 days in a month or 144 days in a year I have to travel between Brighton and Uxbridge. Based on above calculation, I am just giving extra money to train companies for 221 days costing to £2797/-.


Also, even if , I have to go for 5 days a week, I have to travel 260 days a year and if I less the 30 days holidays from that, it is only 230 days a year someone have to travel for work from home city.  So we are paying extra money for 135 days cost to £1687/- per year.


We want a justice from you and also your justice will help UK to reduce carbon foot print massively. We want to start the following method for daily commuters from immediate effect:
–          Daily commuters  will continue to pay in advance for 30 days
–          This 30 days season ticket will allow daily commuters to travel for actual 30 days travel.
–          The 30 day advance season ticket should have validity of 90 days.
So, in total an advance season ticket for actual 30 days travel in 90 days will help many commuters save some money.

Travelling by train will help to reduce the carbon foot print globally as well as traffic free roads resulting happy citizens of United Kingdom.


Your global initiative will force other countries to think about such out of box solutions and helping globally to reduce the carbon foot print.
 

Thanks and Regards,
Nitesh Patel

Why is this idea important?

Respected Deputy Prime Minister,


Sub : Green UK through Changing the Monthly Season Ticket system


As a commuter, every day I have to travel Uxbridge from Brighton to perform my duty at work. Many other people do the same journey everyday from Brighton, Littlehampton, Hayward’s Heath and Burges Hill.
 

The cost of journey will be approximately £385/- a month by train monthly season ticket for advance payment. The total cost for 365 days will be £4620/-.
 

To save money everyone including myself travel via CAR as it’s a cheaper option for everyone than train. This will create a chaotic situation on all roads. I generally travel on M25 to reach my office. I have used my car for the last 18 months with very chaotic traffic during office hours.

There are many people with depressed emotions in such chaotic traffic with finding themselves helpless and blaming government for not taking any corrective actions.
 

Is there any plan ready with government to handle the traffic after 5 years? I am sure it will be worse if we do not take any corrective action now.

I personally think that government can help to reduce traffic on roads by promoting alternative cheaper train journey for daily commuters.


To reduce the carbon foot print, many companies now allow employees to work from home and my company also allows me to work from home for 2 days in a week. So in general I have to travel 3 days a week. So actually 12 days in a month or 144 days in a year I have to travel between Brighton and Uxbridge. Based on above calculation, I am just giving extra money to train companies for 221 days costing to £2797/-.


Also, even if , I have to go for 5 days a week, I have to travel 260 days a year and if I less the 30 days holidays from that, it is only 230 days a year someone have to travel for work from home city.  So we are paying extra money for 135 days cost to £1687/- per year.


We want a justice from you and also your justice will help UK to reduce carbon foot print massively. We want to start the following method for daily commuters from immediate effect:
–          Daily commuters  will continue to pay in advance for 30 days
–          This 30 days season ticket will allow daily commuters to travel for actual 30 days travel.
–          The 30 day advance season ticket should have validity of 90 days.
So, in total an advance season ticket for actual 30 days travel in 90 days will help many commuters save some money.

Travelling by train will help to reduce the carbon foot print globally as well as traffic free roads resulting happy citizens of United Kingdom.


Your global initiative will force other countries to think about such out of box solutions and helping globally to reduce the carbon foot print.
 

Thanks and Regards,
Nitesh Patel

Oyster card throughout the country

1. Oyster card for use throughout the country.

2. Cap at twenty pounds a day for National Rail journeys to anywhere in the UK.

3. Anyone else feel like if you don't live in London you're getting a raw deal on public transport? 

Why is this idea important?

1. Oyster card for use throughout the country.

2. Cap at twenty pounds a day for National Rail journeys to anywhere in the UK.

3. Anyone else feel like if you don't live in London you're getting a raw deal on public transport? 

Repeal Transport Act 1985 (deregulation)

The Transport Act (1985) deregulated and privatised bus services outside of London. This has led to a plethora of profit-hungry private bus operators acting in competition with each other, but rather than bringing down prices and increasing services, we now have fragmented networks run by one or two monopoly operators and a handful of smaller companies. This causes the ludicrous situation where passengers frequently have to let buses sail past the stop simply because they're the "wrong colour", and local trains or metro systems run in competition with buses and require separate tickets, instead of co-operating with each other.

In modern European cities, local authorities in most cases still own and operate their local transport networks. This leads to timetables which join up, fares which are the same no matter whether you use bus, train, tram, or underground, and a much better service all round for passengers. London also maintains a similar model where buses are tightly regulated and service timings and fares are specified by TfL, and the result is a much more unified and passenger-focussed system than anywhere else in the UK.

It's time to give power back to local authorities to take control of and invest in our public transport networks. 25 years of deregulation and privatisation has been shown not to work, and to drive down passenger numbers, leading to even greater congestion in our cities (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bus_deregulation_in_Great_Britain)

Why is this idea important?

The Transport Act (1985) deregulated and privatised bus services outside of London. This has led to a plethora of profit-hungry private bus operators acting in competition with each other, but rather than bringing down prices and increasing services, we now have fragmented networks run by one or two monopoly operators and a handful of smaller companies. This causes the ludicrous situation where passengers frequently have to let buses sail past the stop simply because they're the "wrong colour", and local trains or metro systems run in competition with buses and require separate tickets, instead of co-operating with each other.

In modern European cities, local authorities in most cases still own and operate their local transport networks. This leads to timetables which join up, fares which are the same no matter whether you use bus, train, tram, or underground, and a much better service all round for passengers. London also maintains a similar model where buses are tightly regulated and service timings and fares are specified by TfL, and the result is a much more unified and passenger-focussed system than anywhere else in the UK.

It's time to give power back to local authorities to take control of and invest in our public transport networks. 25 years of deregulation and privatisation has been shown not to work, and to drive down passenger numbers, leading to even greater congestion in our cities (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bus_deregulation_in_Great_Britain)