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Inside Central Station on BBC Scotland gave a bit of an insight into some of the over promoted, jobsworth and cliquey individuals employed by ScotRail. I am sure most of the drivers aren't as bad but the Central Station staff around 8.5 out of 10 of them seem like complete bangers.

They have been big adverts for train drivers in last few years but only a few made it through their selection process. Surely should have simply took on far more drivers when selecting candidates to allow for fall off with retirements / sick leave / holiday covers / late night train cover etc.

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12 hours ago, Shannon said:



They have been big adverts for train drivers in last few years but only a few made it through their selection process. Surely should have simply took on far more drivers when selecting candidates to allow for fall off with retirements / sick leave / holiday covers / late night train cover etc.

I’d quite like to know the person driving my train has made it through the selection process tbh.

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I’m heading to Leeds next week from Edinburgh. It’s a 3hr train journey. £120.

Perth to Inverness takes an hour less but it’s £30.

What is the logic/reasonings behind this? I knew my train to Leeds would be pricey but f**k me, it’s cheaper to fly abroad. Trains are fucked.

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9 minutes ago, jamamafegan said:

I’m heading to Leeds next week from Edinburgh. It’s a 3hr train journey. £120.

Perth to Inverness takes an hour less but it’s £30.

What is the logic/reasonings behind this? I knew my train to Leeds would be pricey but f**k me, it’s cheaper to fly abroad. Trains are fucked.

You could do it for under £70 return if you split your tickets at York and choose the right times.

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8 minutes ago, jamamafegan said:

I’m heading to Leeds next week from Edinburgh. It’s a 3hr train journey. £120.

Perth to Inverness takes an hour less but it’s £30.

What is the logic/reasonings behind this? I knew my train to Leeds would be pricey but f**k me, it’s cheaper to fly abroad. Trains are fucked.

Did you book a standard ticket for that trip to Leeds?

I travel down to the Manchester/Leeds area maybe once a year for gigs and have always used the train to get down and back. I've usually managed to get myself a good deal and manage to get down and back for well under £60.

Its an absolute ball ache at times though. You have to rake about for the best times as even the price of the Advanced Single tickets vary wildly.  I usually end up having to switch trains somewhere along the lines to save quite a bit. Train operators release their advanced tickets at different times so there have been times where I've half booked a leg of a journey and left waiting for sometimes weeks or months for the cheaper tickets for the other part(s) of the leg to be released.

It would be great if they had a ticketing system where you can put in your start and end points and get a fair, reasonable price without any faffing about but I doubt it will ever happen.

 

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50 minutes ago, jamamafegan said:

I’m heading to Leeds next week from Edinburgh. It’s a 3hr train journey. £120.

Perth to Inverness takes an hour less but it’s £30.

What is the logic/reasonings behind this? I knew my train to Leeds would be pricey but f**k me, it’s cheaper to fly abroad. Trains are fucked.

By contrast, I am travelling from Stonie to Glasgow for the Ukraine game next Wednesday - £7.25 out and £4 back (next day)  I do get 20% over 50's discount.

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4 hours ago, NorthernLights said:

Did you book a standard ticket for that trip to Leeds?

I travel down to the Manchester/Leeds area maybe once a year for gigs and have always used the train to get down and back. I've usually managed to get myself a good deal and manage to get down and back for well under £60.

Its an absolute ball ache at times though. You have to rake about for the best times as even the price of the Advanced Single tickets vary wildly.  I usually end up having to switch trains somewhere along the lines to save quite a bit. Train operators release their advanced tickets at different times so there have been times where I've half booked a leg of a journey and left waiting for sometimes weeks or months for the cheaper tickets for the other part(s) of the leg to be released.

It would be great if they had a ticketing system where you can put in your start and end points and get a fair, reasonable price without any faffing about but I doubt it will ever happen.

 

Split Ticketing website is handy for this.

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4 hours ago, jamamafegan said:

I’m heading to Leeds next week from Edinburgh. It’s a 3hr train journey. £120.

Perth to Inverness takes an hour less but it’s £30.

What is the logic/reasonings behind this? I knew my train to Leeds would be pricey but f**k me, it’s cheaper to fly abroad. Trains are fucked.

When I lived in Leeds, Dundee-Leeds-Leeds-Dundee tickets were fucking ridiculous, even with split ticketing/finding the cheapest possible. Good luck, there's no logic behind it at all. 

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5 hours ago, jamamafegan said:

I’m heading to Leeds next week from Edinburgh. It’s a 3hr train journey. £120.

Perth to Inverness takes an hour less but it’s £30.

What is the logic/reasonings behind this? I knew my train to Leeds would be pricey but f**k me, it’s cheaper to fly abroad. Trains are fucked.

Some tips on buying train tickets on the MSE website, including listing and commenting on the various websites that work out the optimum ticket splitting arrangements (in section 4). 

MSE hidden fares & split tickets

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33 minutes ago, D.V.T. said:

RMT have voted for strike action across the 15 operators

I read the operators were: Chiltern Railways, Cross Country Trains, Greater Anglia, LNER, East Midlands Railway, c2c, Great Western Railway, Northern Trains, South Eastern Railway, South Western Railway, Island Line, GTR (including Gatwick Express), Transpennine Express, Avanti West Coast, and West Midlands Trains.

So this wont affect Scotrail?

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20 hours ago, Shannon said:

They have been big adverts for train drivers in last few years but only a few made it through their selection process. Surely should have simply took on far more drivers when selecting candidates to allow for fall off with retirements / sick leave / holiday covers / late night train cover etc.

They took on plenty at the start of 2020 but Covid prevented them from getting trained at the normal rate.

5 hours ago, jamamafegan said:

I’m heading to Leeds next week from Edinburgh. It’s a 3hr train journey. £120.

Perth to Inverness takes an hour less but it’s £30.

What is the logic/reasonings behind this? I knew my train to Leeds would be pricey but f**k me, it’s cheaper to fly abroad. Trains are fucked.

I assume that is £120 off peak return?

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10 minutes ago, AsimButtHitsASix said:

I read the operators were: Chiltern Railways, Cross Country Trains, Greater Anglia, LNER, East Midlands Railway, c2c, Great Western Railway, Northern Trains, South Eastern Railway, South Western Railway, Island Line, GTR (including Gatwick Express), Transpennine Express, Avanti West Coast, and West Midlands Trains.

So this wont affect Scotrail?

It includes Network Rail who employ the signalling staff, so it’ll probably affect Scotrail services as well.

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Maybe he’s talking about Stonehaven?
Maybe, maybe not. If he'd actually said the name of the place rather than some insular nickname then there wouldn't have been any confusion.
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On the train just now. My carriage is plastered with 'try praying' posters. Whilst this may simply be the new temporary timetable, it feels a bit off that this is allowed on a state run service. The French have the right idea. 

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