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Friday, 19 July, 2002, 11:03 GMT 12:03 UK
Rail review: Fares fair?
The Strategic Rail Authority has announced a review of ticket prices, which can mean only one thing - the only way is up. Passengers at Paddington Station in London gave their reaction to the fare review.

Emma Legge, 33, of Wokingham, Surrey

Emma Legge
The coach class carriages are always packed at commuter times and one thing they could do is offer cut-price first class tickets on the train.

More people would get a seat and the company would make some money.

I'm most concerned about the effect of over-crowding on safety.

I wish they wouldn't use sub-contractors on track maintenance. There should be staff who are specially trained.

Tyrone Milton, 31, of Clapham, London

Tyrone Milton

I started to cycle to work because I got so sick of the over-crowding.

I wouldn't mind paying a bit more if the service improved.

I go down to Shoreham on the south coast a lot and the trains are old, smell revolting and take ages.

Vickie Skade, 41, of Stoke Newington, London

Vickie Skade
I'm going to Bath for the day and at 17.50 return, I think that's reasonable.

But the people who are really worst hit are the people who use the trains most regularly - the commuters.

A peak times the trains are over-crowded and very expensive.

There should be more done to help them.

Sanu George, 33, North London

Sanu George

Compared to the trains in America, the service in Britain is very poor.

It's ridiculous that we have to pay through the nose here and I don't see how they can justify putting up fares.

It affects people on low incomes the worst and often they are the people who have no choice but to use trains.

Steve Miles, 27, Crouch End, London

Steve Miles

Full price tickets are already too expensive.

If you can get an apex ticket in advance, it's a good deal, but there are not enough of them.

There should be more trains to ease over-crowding, not more expensive fares.

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