"After my trip, the ticket [All-lines Railrover] seems to be better known. So what does ATOC do immediately on my return? They raise the price by a whopping 15% overnight, and mutter to my officials that they are worried about the ticket being misused. With friends like that, what enemies need the railways fear?"
His comment was totally unexpected from a transport minister, nay high-ranking politician in general, and served to illustrate two points:
- Lord Adonis was, as many political watchers had suggested, likely to be a ground-breaking transport minister who was more than willing to speak his own mind
- And that the Association of Train Operating Companies showed their true colours in raising the price of an All-lines Railrover days after Lord Adonis had assisted them in promoting it.
Winner - Most Annoying Sign of '09: Nottingham City Council
Winner - Most Unfortunate Destination of '09: Stagecoach Cambridgeshire