First £1000 train fare makes a mockery of public transport

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Getting to the Kyle of Lochalsh in Scotland now costs £1000 by First Class rail travel!

With climate change an increasingly important issue, and with the government trying to urge people onto the railways the news of the first ever £1000 First Class rail fare has shocked many people.

It’s not often I get to write about a story involving both Cornwall and Scotland, but the fare in question is from Newquay (Cornwall) to the Kyle of Lochalsh.

To be fair to the railways I cannot imagine many people have tried the trip, which would last the passenger over 20 hours, with five changes at Par, Taunton, Birmingham New Street, Crewe and Inverness.

Having just run through the national rail website I reckon the trip is just over £100 one way in standard class, which seems relatively reasonable, but according to the BBC the first class fare, which the national website seems very unwilling to share with me, is not mentioned.

The equivalent air fare from Newquay to Glasgow and then on by bus is considerably cheaper than the train for the equivalent class, flying with Air South West and makes you think that some thought ought to be given to the cost of these long distance journeys.

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  1. I stumbled across your blog today and am looking forward to reading the past posts!
    This post resonated so loudly with me I have though similar sentiments more than once.

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