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Confused rail users pay over the odds

[Tuesday 16 September 2008]

Railway passengers in Yorkshire are paying over the odds for many of their journeys because they are confused about the cheap deals on offer, according to a newly created website specialising in rail fares.

Passengers living Yorkshire and the Humber region are 1.4 times more likely than those living in the South to be unaware of the savings that can be made on leisure journeys by booking in advance, according to Raileasy.co.uk

A lack of understanding about the pricing structure of rail fares meant 68 per cent polled admitted they didn’t know that lower cost fares could be purchased right up to the night before they travel compared with less than half in the South East and a national average of 55%.

And when it came to actually purchasing tickets nearly a third, 32%, admitted they did not book in advance prior to travelling long distances by rail, instead buying more expensive walk on fares available at railway stations.

With the latest figures from the railway industry showing that over 90 million long distance train journeys were made last year, this means millions of pounds are being overspent by the British public who are missing out on cheaper advance ticket deals available online.

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