On the train tonight, and the young (very cute) guard must have spent several minutes with every customer on the carriage. She explained to each the various options they had, as hardly anyone had bought a ticket before getting on.
Two things wrong here - I forever hear announcements about fines if you don't buy a ticket before travelling (BS by the sounds of it), and secondly this only shows how brain baffling stupid the ticket system is, and how even the guards on the trains have to spend ages explaining it to nearly everyone who gets on the train. How did we end up with such a dick of a train service?
Problem is, if the 'simplify' the ticketing system, we'll probably end up with like what happened to mobile phone international calling from the major networks, they put countries in a handful of bands and then the prices for most sky-rocketed.