5 APRIL 1957, Page 7

I AGREE WITH the point that Mr. Robbins, the Chief

Public Relations Officer of London Trans- port, made in his letter last week that the only sensible way of calculating a fare is on the dis- tance to be travelled. But I still think that where a journey on the Underground can be made be- tween two stations by alternative routes it is absurd to charge a passenger more because he has the wit to stay on the same train rather than put himself to the inconvenience of changing to a train on a different line. Does Mr. Robbins expect visitors from abroad to know by instinct whether the distance from the Temple to Paddington is shorter via the Bakerloo than by the Circle Line? In a case like this London Transport should be prepared to forgo logic in favour of a little common sense.