13 August 2009: Many passengers travelling on First Great Western trains to and from London will be paying 20% more from September.
The company has introduced a Super Off-Peak ticket with strict time restrictions, forcing many passengers to use an Off-Peak ticket instead - and they've increased the price of those by 20%.
Train companies can squeeze more money from passengers simply by changing the time restrictions on tickets. The Government needs to change the rules so that this doesn't happen.
But the Government also needs to change its policy of clawing back as much money as possible from passengers. The Government wants passengers to pay more so it has made agreements with train companies which mean it will receive billions of pounds in 'premium payments'. But the companies can only make this money by charging passengers more and more.
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