Metrolink "Early Bird" fare

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  1. radamfi

    radamfi Established Member

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    https://tfgm.com/earlybird

    Interesting idea, but I can see arguments about delays meaning that the journey wasn't completed before the off-peak period ended. Other tickets tend to avoid the issue by dictating the time that the journey starts.

     
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  3. Clarky

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    I assume they are carrot and stick-ing extra xmas related passengers out of the rush hour crush, it does seem particularly restrictive in its terms, perhaps an extended off peak rule something like pre-7am, 10am - 3pm and 7pm until end of service would work to get more people who can be flexible off the network at peak times? I cannot see it having a big impact in its current form.
     
  4. Ianno87

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    Previous experience with this sort of thing generally shows:
    -The effect on people genuinely changing travel habits is relatively small. Most people will just pay to travel when they want to travel
    -All that happens is people who were happy to travel at those times anyway just save some money

    But no doubt does generate some goodwill from the people who do save.
     
  5. Mojo

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    Are these tickets valid at any time on weekends, or not at all?
     
  6. radamfi

    radamfi Established Member

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    Valid weekdays only.
     
  7. AndyB28

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    The time restrictions alone mean the scheme is useless for me but, if I understand it correctly, I need a 'smart' phone? Theoretically I have got one but it's Windows 8.1 and I need reading glasses to see the bloody screen anyway!!!
     
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    M tickets which you need a smart phone for are becoming more common if you want the cheapest tickets. For example on buses in Bristol the fares are cheapest if you get them in First's m ticket app.
     
  9. radamfi

    radamfi Established Member

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    Yes and only available to Android or Apple users.
     
  10. Kite159

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    In all fairness Windows Mobile is dead, it is like someone moaning that the App isn't available for Blackberry.
     
  11. AndyB28

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    Apologies, I'm probably guilty of wandering off topic by bringing up the issue of operating systems. My point was intended to be that, by restricting the availability to mobile phone users, TFGM are effectively excluding a certain demographic who aren't comfortable with the technology. Hardly fosters a nice warm feeling of inclusiveness!!! I suspect though that the time restrictions will be by far the main reason for minimal take-up of the offer.
     
  12. Josie

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    It's only a trial, I don't think the limited availability (and probably not very limited at that) is that much of an issue in this case. It does all seem a bit ill thought out though. Journeys having to be finished by the cutoff, and such an early cutoff, both seem completely daft to me. I wouldn't expect any permanent offer to come of it.
     

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