RAILWAY AND INDUSTRIAL HISTORY OF THE SOUTH WEST BLACK COUNTRY

 
 

 

 

 

County Express
incorporating
BRIERLEY HILL, STOURBRIDGE, KIDDERMINSTER & DUDLEY NEWS
SOUTH STAFFORDSHIRE & EAST WORCESTERSHIRE CHRONICLE


Vol. 1, No. 24 ] SATURDAY, 15th., JUNE, 1867 [ Price 1d.

"THE RISE IN RAILWAY FARES :- After advancing their goods charges, some of the largest lines are trying the dangerous experiment of advancing their passenger charges for return tickets. In isolated cases tariffs may be increased, but it is almost certain that any general or considerable advances will not result in any gain to the companies. At such a time as this when trade is poor and profits remarkably small, the public will not readily consent to pay, higher charges, but will prefer travelling in classes below those to which they were accustomed, rather than pay higher rates. The attempt to raise the rates of the present time affords a tolerable indication of the pressure of increased working expenses at the present time, and the drive on the part of the directors to bring up receipts to a more satisfactory point. -'Railway News'- All the great railways have joined in a strike against the public, raising by no less than 9% the fares on return tickets. The essence for this is the strike of their own enginemen. Almost more than any other class, does this imposition effect our readers, who are loud in their complaints. The remedy is in their hands, and it is an effective one. That all who have been accustomed to travel by first class agree to travel by second-class, let the second class move to third class. Thus the railway will loose more than they will gain, and the traveller will gain more than he looses. 'Verdh. sap - Law Times'."