Barry Doe: 'The Fare Dealer' - Opinion & Analysis Columnist (Fares and train services)
Barry writes The Fare Dealer column in every issue of RAIL, provides an annual extensive run-down of rover tickets throughout Britain and also reviews the National Rail Timetable changes on publication of each issue (normally May and December). The Fare Dealer covers all aspects of value-for-money for rail travel: fares, timetables and on-board service.
Barry is freelance and so, as is normal, the opinions in his columns are his own and do necessarily reflect those of RAIL.
Born in 1946 in Bournemouth, Barry studied mathematics at Cardiff University and, after teacher training in Streatham, London, became a maths teacher in Wimborne, Dorset. After several moves and 13 years, he left teaching in 1983 to become a travel consultant specialising in fares and timetables.
Barry published a Bus/Rail Guide for British Rail from 1989 until its demise in 1995 as a casualty of privatisation. His longer-standing work, a Directory of Bus & Rail Timetables, had 22 printed editions until transferring to the Internet where it is now updated daily (www.barrydoe.co.uk).
Barry wrote for Modern Railways from 1986 until 2000 when he joined RAIL. He became a Member of the Chartered Institute of Transport in 1992 and was elected a Fellow in 1998.