I don’t travel much by train in the UK, but every time I do it becomes easier to understand why so many people in this country complain about the railway.
The following table compares the cost of a future journey to Coventry by train with my most recent trip to France by air. In both cases I booked the least expensive fare available.
|Mode of Transport||Distance||Price||Cost per km|
|British Airways to Nice||1,030 km||£ 98.00||£ 0.10|
|Virgin Trains to Coventry||139 km||£ 41.00||£ 0.29|
Discount airlines have received a lot of attention in recent months. Clearly it’s time we had discount railways too.