We’re all first class now...
Remember when first class rail travel used to be the preserve of stuffy business types and bigwigs? Well not any more. According to the latest calculations by the Association of Train Operating Companies, more than 11 million first class tickets were sold last year, many bought in advance by hen night groups toting bottles of pink fizz and inflatable knobs.
The amount of First class tickets sold have risen from 6 .7 million a year in 2003, and it seems that today’s youth are upgrading like their lives depend on it. Virgin has even attributed a rise in first class tickets on one of their routes to people who are travelling from London to Manchester to go to clubs.
It MIGHT just have something to do with the fact that you can buy a first class upgrade online for £5 more than a standard fare. Which basically, makes first class more like ‘Economy Plus’, or ‘Standard Extra’. You still have to share the carriage with rampant sociopaths, but you get a cup of tea delivered by a sad eyed train employee instead of having it thrown in your face at the buffet car.
Still, it’s good that we’re all getting a piece of the first class lifestyle. Ok, so the risk of someone vomiting Lambrini on your laptop at 10 am is greatly increased, but that's the price of democracy.