Fares hike for the oldest electric train

Fares hike for the oldest electric train

Fares hike for the oldest electric train

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Fares for a historic seafront attraction are to be hiked – as part of plans to cover rising costs.

The Volks Railway has been carrying visitors from Brighton’s Palace Pier to Black Rock for 130 years.

But, as part of proposals to raise more money from the world’s oldest operating electric railway, Brighton and Hove City Council, which has run it since 1940, has recommended increasing fares by about 30%.

The local authority believes it will help the “unique” attraction, the brainchild of Victorian engineer Magnus Volk, reach its income target of £225,000 for the next financial year.

It comes just months after the local authority revealed £1.5 million plans to turn it into the world’s first solar powered electric railway by installing “solar trees”.

If approved, the new prices will come into effect from April. Geoffrey Bowden, chairman of the council’s economic development and culture committee, said: “The suggested price increases are not linked to the proposed capital refurbishment project for which we’re seeking a grant.

“The increased revenue would help to fund the ongoing running costs of the railway. We still feel the Volks is good value for money.

“We want to increase usage and possibly extend its operating season to capitalise on extra business the sand sculpture festival at Black Rock will bring.”

Adult single prices are to rise by 30% from £2 to £2.60 with a return up to £2.50 from £3.10 (12.9%). A child single will cost £1.50, up from £1.10 (36.4%), with £2 return, up from £1.60 (25%).

Seniors will pay £1.70 for a single and £2.60 for a return – up 40p and 60p respectively.

A family return will increase from £6.90 to £9 (30.4%).

The council said it also hoped to raise extra revenue by extending opening hours beyond 10am-5.30pm between Easter and September only.

A decision will be made by the cross-party economic development and culture committee on Thursday.

Plans to turn it into the world’s first solar powered electric railway were unveiled in October, with five “solar trees” in Madeira Drive and the introduction of a new all-weather train.

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10:19am Fri 4 Jan 13

Alan G Skinner says...

At least this railway runs on time and can in some way justify the fare increases. What can FCC and Southern do or say to justify their abhorent increases?
At least this railway runs on time and can in some way justify the fare increases. What can FCC and Southern do or say to justify their abhorent increases? Alan G Skinner
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10:26am Fri 4 Jan 13

Sussex jim says...

As it is the word's first electric railway it should be kept basically as it is, primarily a tourist attraction. By all means use modern enclosed trains in winter, but keep the original one running in summer. Certainly, it should be extended to the Palace Pier and into the marina; but constructed in the style of the original.
The use of solar panels is an impractical gimmick. They would have to be very large to provide enough power for traction, and the railway would still have to use the public supply when the sun goes in.
As it is the word's first electric railway it should be kept basically as it is, primarily a tourist attraction. By all means use modern enclosed trains in winter, but keep the original one running in summer. Certainly, it should be extended to the Palace Pier and into the marina; but constructed in the style of the original. The use of solar panels is an impractical gimmick. They would have to be very large to provide enough power for traction, and the railway would still have to use the public supply when the sun goes in. Sussex jim
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10:27am Fri 4 Jan 13

Crystal Ball says...

Maybe Southern & FCC should look to Volks to see how to run a business?
Maybe Southern & FCC should look to Volks to see how to run a business? Crystal Ball
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10:39am Fri 4 Jan 13

Larry the Lamb says...

Nice little railway it's a very good attraction for Brighton.
Nice little railway it's a very good attraction for Brighton. Larry the Lamb
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11:04am Fri 4 Jan 13

Hove Actually says...

Larry the Lamb wrote:
Nice little railway it's a very good attraction for Brighton.
Agreed, pity the council never found £14 million to invest in the area instead of giving it to the stick thing
[quote][p][bold]Larry the Lamb[/bold] wrote: Nice little railway it's a very good attraction for Brighton.[/p][/quote]Agreed, pity the council never found £14 million to invest in the area instead of giving it to the stick thing Hove Actually
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11:06am Fri 4 Jan 13

BornInBrighton1968 says...

Larry the Lamb wrote:
Nice little railway it's a very good attraction for Brighton.
The Greens will ruin it soon enough...
[quote][p][bold]Larry the Lamb[/bold] wrote: Nice little railway it's a very good attraction for Brighton.[/p][/quote]The Greens will ruin it soon enough... BornInBrighton1968
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11:31am Fri 4 Jan 13

bruce_ says...

I hate to sound a pedantic note, Alan J Skinner, but it's abhorrent, not "abhorent"; I suppose the moral is, don't rush into print without checking. (Of course, if paople did that, the number of comments would be drastically reduced -- yet would this be so bad?)

Sussex jim is probably right about solar power: it's a gimmick, more than a serious source of energy -- which applies to quite a lot of wind power, too. Ask the Germans!
I hate to sound a pedantic note, Alan J Skinner, but it's abhorrent, not "abhorent"; I suppose the moral is, don't rush into print without checking. (Of course, if paople did that, the number of comments would be drastically reduced -- yet would this be so bad?) Sussex jim is probably right about solar power: it's a gimmick, more than a serious source of energy -- which applies to quite a lot of wind power, too. Ask the Germans! bruce_
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11:43am Fri 4 Jan 13

Fight_Back says...

bruce_ wrote:
I hate to sound a pedantic note, Alan J Skinner, but it's abhorrent, not "abhorent"; I suppose the moral is, don't rush into print without checking. (Of course, if paople did that, the number of comments would be drastically reduced -- yet would this be so bad?)

Sussex jim is probably right about solar power: it's a gimmick, more than a serious source of energy -- which applies to quite a lot of wind power, too. Ask the Germans!
How to make yourself look very foolish in one easy step !
[quote][p][bold]bruce_[/bold] wrote: I hate to sound a pedantic note, Alan J Skinner, but it's abhorrent, not "abhorent"; I suppose the moral is, don't rush into print without checking. (Of course, if paople did that, the number of comments would be drastically reduced -- yet would this be so bad?) Sussex jim is probably right about solar power: it's a gimmick, more than a serious source of energy -- which applies to quite a lot of wind power, too. Ask the Germans![/p][/quote]How to make yourself look very foolish in one easy step ! Fight_Back
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1:00pm Fri 4 Jan 13

Goldenwight says...

Since the power bills will be reducing due to the introduction of solar, why is it necessary to increase charges so much?
Since the power bills will be reducing due to the introduction of solar, why is it necessary to increase charges so much? Goldenwight
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1:30pm Fri 4 Jan 13

paul76 says...

Goldenwight wrote:
Since the power bills will be reducing due to the introduction of solar, why is it necessary to increase charges so much?
I like your thinking, but they have to find money to pay for the installation of solar panels. They aren't getting enough through overpriced on street parking, so are increasing the price on what it is meant to make cheaper.

Maybe the Greens could set up toll booths on all roads into Brighton and just charge everybody who wants to come into the town. That would raise some money. (sorry if they read this and implement it!)
[quote][p][bold]Goldenwight[/bold] wrote: Since the power bills will be reducing due to the introduction of solar, why is it necessary to increase charges so much?[/p][/quote]I like your thinking, but they have to find money to pay for the installation of solar panels. They aren't getting enough through overpriced on street parking, so are increasing the price on what it is meant to make cheaper. Maybe the Greens could set up toll booths on all roads into Brighton and just charge everybody who wants to come into the town. That would raise some money. (sorry if they read this and implement it!) paul76
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1:39pm Fri 4 Jan 13

uniteagainstparkingcharges says...

I use this train for my daily commute to and from work each and every day. I am outraged by this price hike as my season ticket will go up more than £100 each year.

This is going to have a big effect on my family income as we're already feeling the squeeze.
I use this train for my daily commute to and from work each and every day. I am outraged by this price hike as my season ticket will go up more than £100 each year. This is going to have a big effect on my family income as we're already feeling the squeeze. uniteagainstparkingcharges
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3:29pm Fri 4 Jan 13

BornInBrighton1968 says...

paul76 wrote:
Goldenwight wrote:
Since the power bills will be reducing due to the introduction of solar, why is it necessary to increase charges so much?
I like your thinking, but they have to find money to pay for the installation of solar panels. They aren't getting enough through overpriced on street parking, so are increasing the price on what it is meant to make cheaper.

Maybe the Greens could set up toll booths on all roads into Brighton and just charge everybody who wants to come into the town. That would raise some money. (sorry if they read this and implement it!)
The Greens will probably install solar panels on the train, paint it a gender-neutral colour and after conducting a diversity assessment, close the railway down as it isn't serving the needs of 'travellers' and other minorities....
[quote][p][bold]paul76[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Goldenwight[/bold] wrote: Since the power bills will be reducing due to the introduction of solar, why is it necessary to increase charges so much?[/p][/quote]I like your thinking, but they have to find money to pay for the installation of solar panels. They aren't getting enough through overpriced on street parking, so are increasing the price on what it is meant to make cheaper. Maybe the Greens could set up toll booths on all roads into Brighton and just charge everybody who wants to come into the town. That would raise some money. (sorry if they read this and implement it!)[/p][/quote]The Greens will probably install solar panels on the train, paint it a gender-neutral colour and after conducting a diversity assessment, close the railway down as it isn't serving the needs of 'travellers' and other minorities.... BornInBrighton1968
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4:09pm Fri 4 Jan 13

Hovite says...

uniteagainstparkingc
harges
wrote:
I use this train for my daily commute to and from work each and every day. I am outraged by this price hike as my season ticket will go up more than £100 each year.

This is going to have a big effect on my family income as we're already feeling the squeeze.
Like
[quote][p][bold]uniteagainstparkingc harges[/bold] wrote: I use this train for my daily commute to and from work each and every day. I am outraged by this price hike as my season ticket will go up more than £100 each year. This is going to have a big effect on my family income as we're already feeling the squeeze.[/p][/quote]Like Hovite
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4:45pm Fri 4 Jan 13

clubrob6 says...

Youve got to be carefull not to outprice it,i think the best chance to secure the service long term is to extent the track to the marina,possibly also further along the seafront.At the moment it goes no where.Also reduce parking prices in the area to attract more tourists,my brother came down in the summer and refused to pay the very high parking prices and ended up going to worthing instead.
Youve got to be carefull not to outprice it,i think the best chance to secure the service long term is to extent the track to the marina,possibly also further along the seafront.At the moment it goes no where.Also reduce parking prices in the area to attract more tourists,my brother came down in the summer and refused to pay the very high parking prices and ended up going to worthing instead. clubrob6
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8:59am Sat 5 Jan 13

ladybird82 says...

It's a shame family prices will go up by 30% but for my family and I it is stil viable, we park in the marina for free and get a volks return for an addition to our day out and still cheaper than the astronomical parking on the seafront.
It's a shame family prices will go up by 30% but for my family and I it is stil viable, we park in the marina for free and get a volks return for an addition to our day out and still cheaper than the astronomical parking on the seafront. ladybird82
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