Fishguard’s new rail service could be losing out on valuable ticket sales – and passengers missing travel bargains – because of the delay in publishing our new rail timetable.
Alistair Lees, managing director of rail ticketing site MyTrainTicket.co.uk (launched in 2010), says: “Half of all rail passengers are paying over the odds for leisure journeys such as going away for the weekend by train.
“A simple guide for leisure train travel is that the earlier you book your ticket, the bigger the saving available. Leaving it until you arrive at the station means you can end up paying several times more than the person sitting next to you in the carriage. The cheapest rail fares are available 12 weeks in advance when the train operating companies release their timetables.”
Nationwide rail tickets are already on sale through to late September, but no tickets for the Fishguard service starting September 12th can be bought – because the train times have still not been published.
The Welsh Government met Arriva following the consultation, and their Rail Unit tells Fishguard Trains: “once … the timetable is agreed, then ATW will able to publish timetables”. Arriva Trains Wales has not yet told Fishguard Trains when it plans to publish.
Meanwhile the opportunity to buy affordable tickets for the first month of our service slips by.