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11. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 6y

Quoting bwiiian and Bex76 regarding high prices, again its the same old scandal. The same London to Manchester seat bought a week earlier can cost just £5 - £10 or so, that on the day costs around £90.
Mind you, saying that, Mainland Europe trains can be much the same. I bought an advance ticket from Amsterdam to Brussels awhile back and paid €24 for it. On the day, the same journey at the same time was €72.
Going back to the original point though, the bit that annoys me more than anything is that these so called 'Special Offer' sites dont have the reduced fares that other sites have. It really should be better regulated and sounds almost unlawful.

12. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 6y

The thing that really annoys me is that everyone goes on about how flying is SOOO bad for the environment (when in fact it isn't) but yet it is so expensive to use the next alternative, the train which is supposed to be a planet saving form of travel!

13. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 6y

What an excellent statement.
It has to also be said, that its often possible to get a flight from London-Manchester-London cheaper than the train too. Nothing in it timewise, but the price is always a factor.

14. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 6y

well you can thank Thatcher. Privatisation.

15. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 6y

The Thatcher statement is true to an extent, but had she and her gang not done it - someone else would have privatised it by now. The whole rail industry was in such a mess back in the 80's with old dirty trains and endless strikes for sometimes pretty much nothing.
Interesting though. It would be intriguing to know where the UK rail network would be today if it were still simply BR.

16. Posted by GB247 (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y

One small tip more to do with London Underground, when buying travelcard make sure its after 9.30am as before then its 'peak' rate and a lot more expensive.

17. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 6y

quote=GB247
One small tip more to do with London Underground, when buying travelcard make sure its after 9.30am as before then its 'peak' rate and a lot more expensive

Good point, well mentioned.
I wonder if any global 'Subway' travellers could enlighten us on the cost of other undergrounds around the would. Ive done a few and never found one as expensive as London's.

18. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 6y

Well I travel the glorious rails on Britain every day and "old dirty trains and endless strikes" Is still true. Strikes are maybe NOT AS common but still they threaten "action". Most trains are very old, some sound like they still run on coal and steam...and smell like it too. Trash is common on the chairs and tables. Not surprising as the idea of public littering is a common place practice in the streets anyway.

One excepetion is Virgin, Awesome trains of the future with high speed everything and very clean. Only if they were all virgins....

[ Edit: Edited on 02-Jul-2010, at 01:16 by coldwarspy ]

19. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 6y

quote=coldwarspy

One excepetion is Virgin, Awesome trains of the future with high speed everything and very clean. Only if they were all virgins....

Mmmm. Not always the case. I travel quite regularly from the NW of England to London on their Pendelinos.
So often the toilets are O.o.O. and when in first class, the food isnt as good as on the North East Lines trains from Newcastle to London.

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