In praise of Merseyrail cancelling ÃÂ£1 Christmas cracker deal for shoppers
News that Merseyrail has cancelled its Christmas cracker ÃÂ£1 fare for late night Christmas shopping has today filled me with a bit of festive cheer.
As regular readers will know I travel to work each day by Merseyrail. Over the past three years I've noticed the trains getting busier and busier, to the extent that commuters getting on at Moorfields to travel home on the northern line often struggle to get a seat in the evening rush hour.
In years gone by the trains have been even more jam packed as Christmas shoppers (often carrying lots of bags) and commuters jostled for space getting home when the Christmas cracker deal was on.
It may appear like bah humbug but it always grated that I paid for my season ticket while others were able to travel for ÃÂ£1 to do a spot of Christmas shopping. If it had not led to congestion and I'd still be able to get a seat I probably would not have minded. And transport authority Merseytravel have recognised this, see full story HERE for more.
The truth is that Merseyrail is becoming more and more overcrowded and the real solution is that more trains that run more frequently is the only long term solution.
Overcrowding is now a real issue and as Merseytravel has identified it is now posing a reputational risk.
On the day that commuters are told some fares will raise by 5.4% from January, the cancellation of the Christmas cracker deal is a little bit of welcome news.