One bemused traveller, Colin Budd, told the Mad column: "It seems they've got nothing to do with this rolling stock during the day, so they're putting on the extra trains in order to poach a bit of the revenue from the line." Under revenue-sharing arrangements created under privatisation and now operated by the Association of Train Operating Companies, fare income is shared out on the basis of the number of trains run.
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