Passenger fares

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British Railways excursion handbills on display at Bewdley.

This page gives examples of passenger fares in both the commercial and preservation eras.

All GWRGreat Western Railway and BRBritish Rail or British Railways-era fares quoted are for a single journey, unless stated otherwise. Those fares are shown as originally published in pre-decimalisation form with 12d ('old pence') = 1 shilling and 20s = £1. For example the 1934 London to Kidderminster first class fare shown as 25/4 (the historically abbreviated presentation of £1 5s 4d) would today be written £1.27.


Pre-preservation

LNWRLondon & North Western Railway

1860

  • London (Euston) to Kidderminster, 1st 21/4, 2nd 16/-, 3rd 10/1
  • Worcester to Kidderminster, Express 1st 3/9, Ordinary 1st 3/2 2nd 2/5, 3rd 1/7[1]

GWRGreat Western Railway

1878

1902

  • London (Paddington) to Kidderminster, 1st 19/4, 2nd 12/8, 3rd 10/1
  • London (Paddington) to Stourport, 1st 21/-, 2nd 13/2, 3rd 10/6
  • London (Paddington) to Bridgnorth, 1st 23/2, 2nd 14/6, 3rd 11/7
  • London (Paddington) to Hartlebury, 1st 19/4, 2nd 12/8, 3rd 10/1[3]

1932

  • London (Paddington) to Kidderminster, 1st 25/4, 3rd 15/3
  • London (Paddington) to Stourport, 1st 25/10, 3rd 15/6
  • London (Paddington) to Bridgnorth, 1st 28/9, 3rd 17/3
  • London (Paddington) to Hartlebury, 1st 25/4, 3rd 15/3[4]

1939

  • London (Paddington) to Kidderminster, 1st 26/7, 3rd 16/-
  • London (Paddington) to Stourport, 1st 27/2, 3rd 16/3
  • London (Paddington) to Bridgnorth, 1st 30/2, 3rd 18/1
  • London (Paddington) to Hartlebury, 1st 26/7, 3rd 16/-
  • London (Paddington) to Bewdley, 1st 27/6, 3rd 16/6
  • London (Paddington) to Arley, 1st 28/3, 3rd 17/-
  • London (Paddington) to Highley, 1st 28/9, 3rd 17/4[5]

1946

  • London (Paddington) to Kidderminster, 1st 35/5, 3rd 21/4
  • London (Paddington) to Stourport, 1st 36/3, 3rd 21/8
  • London (Paddington) to Bridgnorth, 1st 40/3, 3rd 24/1
  • London (Paddington) to Hartlebury, 1st 35/5, 3rd 21/4[note 2]

Excursions

(Fare is for a return journey)

  • 1936 Wednesday 17 June to Blackpool from Stourport or Bewdley 10/6, from Bridgnorth 9/6[6]

BRBritish Rail or British Railways

1949

  • London (Paddington) to Kidderminster, 1st 41/2, 3rd 24/10
  • London (Paddington) to Stourport, 1st 42/1, 3rd 25/2
  • London (Paddington) to Bridgnorth, 1st 46/9, 3rd 28/-
  • London (Paddington) to Hartlebury, 1st 41/2, 3rd 24/10[7]

1953 to 1954

  • London (Paddington) to Kidderminster, 1st 28/6, 3rd 19/-
  • London (Paddington) to Stourport, 1st 29/8, 3rd 19/9
  • London (Paddington) to Bridgnorth, 1st 32/-, 3rd 21/4
  • London (Paddington) to Hartlebury, 1st 28/11, 3rd 19/3[8][9]

1958 to 1959

  • London (Paddington) to Kidderminster, 1st 32/6, 2nd 21/8
  • London (Paddington) to Stourport, 1st 33/9, 2nd 22/6
  • London (Paddington) to Bridgnorth, 1st 36/6, 2nd 24/4
  • London (Paddington) to Hartlebury, 1st 33/-, 2nd 22/-[10]

1965

  • London (Paddington) to Kidderminster, 2nd 32/6
  • Bristol (Temple Meads) to Kidderminster, 2nd 20/3
  • Cardiff General to Kidderminster, 2nd 25/-
  • Plymouth to Kidderminster, 2nd 52/-[11]

1967

  • Worcester (Shrub Hill) to Hartlebury 3/3, to Kidderminster 4/6, to Stourport 4/3, to Shrewsbury 21/-
  • Worcester (Shrub Hill or Foregate St.) Cheap day return to Hartlebury 3/9, to Kidderminster 5/9[12]

1981

  • London (Euston) to Kidderminster, 1st £16.00, 2nd £11.00[13]

Excursions

(All fares are for a return journey)

  • 1957 Easter Monday 22 April, from Shrewsbury to Cound Halt 1/6, to Cressage 2/- for horse races at Eyton on Severn[14]
  • 1957 Sunday 23 June, from Birmingham Snow Hill to Cleobury Mortimer 4/-, to Tenbury 5/-[15]
  • 1957 Sunday 4 August New Brighton, from Bridgnorth, 10/9, from Kidderminster, 13/-[16]
  • 1959 Monday 23 July to Friday 27 July from Birmingham Snow Hill; to Northwood halt, 6/3, to Bridgnorth, 8/6[16]
  • 1959 Oxford and Abingdon combined rail, river and road trips, from Kidderminster, 16/3[16]
  • 1959 Saturday 5 September to Stourport; from Birmingham Snow Hill, 4/10[16]
  • 1960 Tuesday 17 May, Dunstall park (for Wolverhampton horse races), from Hartlebury 5/9, from Bewdley 5/9, From Kidderminster 5/-[16]
  • 1960 10 June, Kidderminster to Bristol 15/6, Weston-super-Mare 19/-, Weston including steamer cruise to Cardiff 25/-[16]
  • 1960 Sunday 3 July, Kidderminster to Weston-super-Mare, 15/3[16]
  • 1960 Sunday 10 July, Kidderminster to Porthcawl, 17/3[16]
  • 1960 Sunday 17 July Kidderminster to Barry Island, 15/3[16]
  • 1962 Sunday 21 October, "A trip to Wales" from Kidderminster to various towns including; Crumlin 10/6, Aberdare 12/3[16]
  • 1962 Sunday 21 October, Kidderminster to Swansea 17/-, Hereford 5/6[16]
  • 1963 Wednesday 3 April, Kidderminster to Hawthorns Halt, (for West Bromwich Albion football ground), 4/3[16]
  • 1963 Sunday 25 August, Kidderminster to Portsmouth 21/-, to Ryde Esplanade 35/3[16]
  • 1963 Sunday 25 August, combined rail, steamer and road tour from Kidderminster to the Isle of Wight 40/6[16]
  • 1964 Sunday 19 July Weston-super-Mare from Kidderminster 17/-[16]
  • <1964 Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays to Dudley (for the zoo); from Stourport, 3/-, from Bewdley, 2/9[16][note 3]
  • <1964? Saturdays to Shrewsbury from; Bewdley 5/3, Arley 4/9, Highley 4/3, Hampton Loade 4/-, Eardington 4/-, Bridgnorth 3/6[16][note 4]

Season tickets

1958

  • Bewdley to Birmingham (Snow Hill), Weekly £1/2/3, Monthly £4/7/9, Three Monthly £11/17/-[17]
  • Kidderminster to Birmingham (Snow Hill), Weekly 19/3, Monthly £3/16/3, Three Monthly £10/5/6[17]

SVRSevern Valley Railway

Day membership poster from 1967

Illustrative fares shown are for adult whole line return tickets except where stated. Other fares were available for shorter journeys and concessionary prices for children, SVRSevern Valley Railway members etc.

From 1978 a ticket for a full length return journey entitled the holder to unlimited travel on the day of purchase, except for galas and some other special events. In 1995, this was named the "Freedom of the Line" ticket, and from 2010 it also included admission to The Engine House.[18]

  • 1967 In October the SVRSevern Valley Railway offered "Day membership" for 2/- (10p) allowing a return journey to Hampton Loade.
  • 1970 Bridgnorth - Hampton Loade return. Third class 6/- (30p), First class 9/- (45p).[19][note 5]
  • 1971 Bridgnorth - Hampton Loade return. Third class 30p, First class 45p.[20]
  • 1972 Bridgnorth - Hampton Loade return. Third class 45p (40p low season), First class 70p (60p low season).[20]
  • 1973 Bridgnorth - Hampton Loade return. Third class 40p[21]
  • 1974 Bridgnorth - Bewdley return. Third class £1.00 (single 55p)
  • 1976 Bridgnorth - Bewdley return. Third class £1.50[18]
  • 1977 Bridgnorth - Bewdley return. Third class £1.80[21]
  • 1979 Bridgnorth - Bewdley return. Third class £2.00[22]
  • 1980 Bridgnorth - Bewdley return. Third class £2.50[22]
  • 1984 Bridgnorth - Bewdley return. Third class £3.90; Bridgnorth - Kidderminster return. Third class £4.50[23]
  • 1995 Bridgnorth - Kidderminster return. Third class £9.90[21]
  • 1996 Bridgnorth - Kidderminster return. Third class £9.00.[21][note 6]
  • 1997 Bridgnorth - Kidderminster return. Third class £9.00[21]
  • 1998 Bridgnorth - Kidderminster return. Third class £9.20[21]
  • 1999 Bridgnorth - Kidderminster return. Third class £9.20[18]
  • 2000 Bridgnorth - Kidderminster return. Third class £9.60[21]
  • 2005 Bridgnorth - Kidderminster return. Third class £11.50[21]
  • 2006 Bridgnorth - Kidderminster return. Third class £11.80[21]
  • 2007 Bridgnorth - Kidderminster return. Third class £12.30[21]
  • 2008 Bridgnorth - Kidderminster return. Third class £13.00[21]
  • 2009 Bridgnorth - Kidderminster return. Third class £14.00 on the day[21]
  • 2010 Bridgnorth - Kidderminster return. Third class £15.50 on the day[21]
  • 2011-13 Bridgnorth - Kidderminster return. Third class £15.50 booked, £16.50 on the day[24]
  • 2014 Bridgnorth - Kidderminster return. Third class £16.20 booked, £18.00 on the day[21]
  • 2015 Bridgnorth - Kidderminster return. Third class £17.50 booked, £19.00 on the day[24]
  • 2016 Bridgnorth - Kidderminster return. Third class £18.00 booked, £19.00 on the day[24]
  • 2017 Bridgnorth - Kidderminster return. Third class £18.80 booked, £19.80 on the day[25]
  • 2018 Bridgnorth - Kidderminster return. Third class £19.50 booked, £21.00 on the day[25]
  • 2019 Bridgnorth - Kidderminster return. Third class £19.80 booked, £22.00 on the day[26]
  • 2020 Bridgnorth - Kidderminster return. Third class £19.55 booked, £23.00 on the day[26][note 7]
  • 2021 Bridgnorth - Kidderminster return. Third class £25.00

Other

  • 1903 Alfred Maunder advertised an omnibus service between the Old Packhorse Inn, Bewdley, and the Swan Hotel Kidderminster, for 5d.[27]
  • 1914 A GWRGreat Western Railway poster gives the single fare on the Road Motor Service between Wolverhampton and Bridgnorth as 1/9
  • 1968 Bridgnorth Cliff Railway, 6d return[28]
  • 2021 Bridgnorth Cliff Railway, £2 return[29]
  • 2021 Diamond Bus service 125 Kidderminster to Bridgnorth return, £6.50[30]

Notes

  1. A contemporary newspaper report on the opening of the Kidderminster Loop Line commented that the fares were "on the high scale for which the Great Western Railway are rather notorious".
  2. From an undated GWRGreat Western Railway timetable which also includes Channel Island ferries, which date it as post war, and Old Oak Lane Halt, which closed in June 1947.
  3. The handbill is undated, but was issued prior to Dudley Station's closure in 1964.
  4. The handbill is undated, but appears to be the reverse of the Dudley handbill above.
  5. Third class was described as Second class in 1970
  6. Banner on the 1996 leaflet said “Fares reduced for '96”
  7. Discount for online booking increased from 10% to 15%.

See also

Timetables in commercial service

References

  1. timetableworld.com
  2. Marshall (1989) p. 84.
  3. Great Western Timetables, January to April 1902
  4. Great Western Timetables, July to September 1932
  5. timetableworld.com
  6. Poster on display at Arley
  7. timetableworld.com
  8. Passenger Train Facilities, Western Region, (British Railways, November 1954)
  9. Passenger Services, (British Railways, September 1953)
  10. Passenger Services, (British Railways, September 1958 to June 1959)
  11. timetableworld.com
  12. The Worcester railway ABC guide 6 November 1967
  13. timetableworld.com
  14. Poster on display at Highley Station
  15. Excursion poster
  16. 16.00 16.01 16.02 16.03 16.04 16.05 16.06 16.07 16.08 16.09 16.10 16.11 16.12 16.13 16.14 16.15 16.16 Handbills on display at Bewdley Station
  17. 17.0 17.1 Diesel Suburban Train Services and cheap fares facilities, British Railways 1958
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Timetables held in the SVRSevern Valley Railway Archive at The Engine House
  19. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 18, p. 282
  20. 20.0 20.1 SVRSevern Valley Railway News 22 p.13.
  21. 21.00 21.01 21.02 21.03 21.04 21.05 21.06 21.07 21.08 21.09 21.10 21.11 21.12 21.13 SVR Forum, Historic Fares: up to 2020
  22. 22.0 22.1 SVRSevern Valley Railway News 54, GM's notes
  23. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 70, GM's notes
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 SVR Forum 2011-17 Fares thread
  25. 25.0 25.1 SVR Forum 2018 Fares thread
  26. 26.0 26.1 SVR Forum 2020 Fares thread
  27. Bewdley Historical Research Group (2005)
  28. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 8
  29. www.bridgnorthcliffrailway.co.uk
  30. https://www.diamondbuses.com/worcester-warwickshire/bus-services/125-bridgnorth/