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by : elliehadyoon | written on :30/03/2010 | permalink

Pay double getting from barrier to ticket kiosk

Hell is commuting

I've been a train commuter for 2 and half years, Winnersh Triangle to Paddington for a big chunk of my wages £400 a month (ouch!) when I go on holiday I time it so I don't have a valid ticket while I'm away, stupid otherwise. Now at this point I have to say that Winnersh Triangle is a very small station with a little shed that's only open in the mornings with an actual person inside selling you these overpriced tickets. But sometimes they are on holiday, away having a cup of tea, toilet etc, sometimes the office is not open at all! There is a ticket machine outside and 3 weeks ago I caught the last train back at 11pm to be confronted with 2 men in balaclavas and a bolt cropper trying to break into the machine! I ran and rang the police! Was quite shaken up and had to give a statement (now that’s a different story). That's the poor ticket machine. Basically you're better off going to Reading to renew your monthly ticket and this means for 7 minutes of my journey before I get to Reading I don't have a valid ticket but that's ok, most of the staff at Reading Station know me, know I'm not a fraud, some even know me by first name now and friends on Facebook and they normally let me through the barriers to renew my monthly ticket as this can only be done outside the barriers! It hasn’t been a problem for the last 30 months. Monday morning this week was my first day back from a week in Egypt! Oh it was lovely there, a girly holiday relaxing, with sun and hot weather and lots of diving. Monday morning I get the holiday blues and the weather is terrible (raining and dull) train is half an hour late and of course I have to renew my monthly ticket. Get to Reading and this idiot at the barriers won't let me go 20 meters beyond the barriers to pour another £400 into their poorly ran, money sucking company. He keeps saying because my ticket expired a week ago I have to buy a daily ticket inside the barriers to come out and buy a monthly ticket outside the barriers! So basically pay twice for Monday, that doesn’t even make sense?? “Why can’t you just let me go 20 meters beyond the barriers to pay for my monthly ticket? You can keep an eye on me make sure I don’t do a runner, I’m pretty sure I won’t be walking to London so I still have to get back on the train eventually!” I explained that I am not a fraud and most of his colleagues know me to which his reply was “you’re lucky I’m not fining you £20 for not having a valid ticket”. This is the treatment you get from First Great Western for using their trains for 2.5 years at a cost of £400 a month. It really did put me in a bad depressing mood on my first day back from holiday. Some people just have power trips for the very little authority they have. I wish them luck as they won't get far in life. Ellie

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Comments:
2010/03/30 15:21 - peter writes:
I hate jobs worths!
2010/04/01 13:54 - fenner11 writes:
Don't you just love our national rail. They should train their staff some common sense.
2010/04/02 10:19 - peter writes:
Great pun fenner11! ...they should 'Train' ... lol
2010/05/28 09:14 - kayjay19 writes:
wat do you say he's just an idiot!!!!!!


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