Train fare too costly for travel to train conference
200 Network Rail staff are preparing to head from Reading to Coventry for a conference, but they won’t be getting there via the rail service that they oversee. No, they’ll be going there and back by coach – as the prospective rail fares for them all was deemed to be too expensive.
The BBC are reporting that taking the mob by road would work out as being £24,000 cheaper than going by train. The coach travel will set Network Rail back just £12 per head as opposed to the £135 that an open return train ticket would have cost.
A Network Rail spokesman got his sums right when he understatemented: "Whilst we have no role in setting train fares, we use rail for the overwhelming number of business journeys. Occasionally, if there is a cheaper alternative, we will use that."
So it turns out train fares are expensive – we’re hoping that’s not the theme of the conference.