Since last Summer, I commute every day between those cities, and I was surprised to see how expensive it is. Not only in the single or return tickets, but also with the season tickets.
I've compared vs. two other cities on the same line and at similar distances of each other (Southampton and Fleet), and the difference is huge.
Here are a few numbers:
Basingstoke-Winchester (travel time: 15-17 min)
Basingstoke-Fleet (travel time: 12-20 min)
Southampton-Winchester (travel time: 15-17 min)
In short, similar routes are:
I can't find any reason why these huge differences: it can't be the distance in miles, travel time, nor distance to London (as Fleet is closer to London)
Is there a way to fix this?
Sorry, I missed a word in the title; it should read:
As the fares are set (mostly) by the government, unfortunately I don't think there is alot SWR can do!
And Martins Heron to North Camp off peak return with rail card £5.50
Martins Heron to Guildford off peak return with rail card £9.40 - literally the next stop
There are loads of inconsistencies. Of course in that case it is probably GWR who set the fares.
As we are mainly a commuter railway, demand for certain journeys during peak times is understandably very high.
To try and make travel on every route as attractive as possible and to fill vacant seats, we generally offer lower fares for journeys less used. This quite often means that there are different prices for different directions/ journeys.
There is no formal relationship in pricing between Anytime Day or Off-Peak Day prices with season ticket prices, hence this may vary for different journeys.
I am sorry that this causes frustration to travellers such as yourself, however, we do need to adopt different pricing policies for each market. This will produce some inconsistencies.
Thanks to Joseph B for his answer.
Your reply has brought several other questions:
BijuJoseTo try and make travel on every route as attractive as possible and to fill vacant seats, we generally offer lower fares for journeys less used.
For that, I understand:
BijuJoseThere is no formal relationship in pricing between Anytime Day or Off-Peak Day prices with season ticket prices, hence this may vary for different journeys.
At first glance, this seems contradictory to the previous assertion, that the usage was the factor that determined the prices.
In any case, let's check, on those routes, the multiplier between Anytime Day ticket and 7-day season tickets (that is, how many times you have to multiply the former to obtain the latter):
but if we look at one of the busiest ones, the multiplier is much lower than the "busy" one Win-Bsk!!!
How is that possible?
I can't find the logic behind it, but the final result is the same: the users of the Winchester-Basingstoke (like me) route lose in every way.
Would it be possible to at least reduce the multiplier used for the 7-day season ticket?
BijuJoseI am sorry that this causes frustration to travelers such as yourself, however, we do need to adopt different pricing policies for each market
This is the key issue, that the train service market does not really work like one, because there's no real competition. CrossCountry does the Winchester-Basingstoke route, but the prices are the same!!
Moreover, if a particular journey is made more expensive because is busier, what options have the user but to use it? We would use our car, but that defeats the very purpose of the public transport system.
I really look forward to bring some light to these issues.