“But Great Western are only there to provide a necessary service”, I hear you say. No, Great Western is a private company, with shareholders, and government subsidies. Given that governments don’t actually have any money of their own, it means passengers pay twice – fares and income tax. It’s a lose-lose for everyone. Except Great Western Trains, handed an extra little £200M in 2011-2012 because of the UK economic downturn. Perhaps passengers can’t afford the services? Just an idea! When it’s all about profit, it’s all about providing the legally bare minimum service and screwing over anyone paying for the service. Their investors include some of the largest investment banks in the world. Make no mistake, these folks want money; they do not care about you or me! Or even cats! Terrible! Boo and hiss!
Let’s see what passengers think about their value for money, and how ticket prices reflect service!
— Heeeeeid (@TheHeeeeeid) January 2, 2013
Even BBC topical news quiz, Have I Got News For You, understands Great Western Trains!
A trip to the moon could be yours for a billion pounds within a decade, as could a First Great Western season ticket.
— HaveIGotNewsForYou (@haveigotnews) December 7, 2012
— Last Worst Western (@LastWorstWestrn) November 28, 2012
@FGW it's not floods is it – not enough drivers , pumps , rolling stock – no money invested – all £s in ur director / shareholders pockets!
— portinoxdog (@portinoxdog) November 27, 2012
1 hour from Paddington and only in Taplow. Invest some of the profits #fgw I hate you!!
— Steve Ward (@sward4) December 6, 2012
— MASKELL (@willmaskell93) December 6, 2012
— Miles Davis (@milesodavis) December 16, 2012
@FGW Train fare rises. But your trains are always delayed. Think you need to listen to your customers. The service is rubbish & overpriced!
— Rebecca Cole (@rcole196) January 8, 2013
Payed £5.60 for a train ticket today, one train was late and the other was cancelled. You sure are amazing First Great Western.
— Henny Newman (@HennyNewman) January 9, 2013
"you have saved £240 booking online instead of buying at the station on departure" fucking hell first great western you robbing bastards!!
— Clare (@indi_kitty) December 30, 2012
— Michael (@CampoCFC) September 17, 2012
— Keith Hardie (@keithhardie) December 3, 2012
Another *delightfully* packed service from @FGW. Profit above all else guys, who cares if your service is any good?
— Matt Mower (@sandbags) October 17, 2012
— Richard Pope (@VaticanUK) December 5, 2012
— LastLateWorsten (@SimonHogfress) December 3, 2012
@FGW i suggest you dont put train prices up until you do your fucking job properly! Late everyday and delayed. Sort it out. Your terrible.
— Will Jafrato (@willljafrato) November 29, 2012
— 主 Cornesto (@TC_Cornesto) January 2, 2013