Going by train still a huge financial strain in the UK
You might be one of those people who feels you get a good deal when travelling up and down Britain’s railway network. If so, you’re probably also one of those people who gets their head stuck in the railings every time they go to the park. You probably also point up into the sky at aeroplanes and yell, “Meeurrgh! Iron birdy come!”
That’s because the cost of UK rail travel in comparison to the rest of Europe is nothing short of a sodding disgrace. Train watchdog Passenger Focus have found that when it comes to short-notice trips, fares cost as much as four times more than elsewhere on this fine bundeskontinent where we all dwell.
The survey looked at long-distance, turn-up-and-go day-return fares and found that, on the whole, British passengers were consistently shafted on ticket prices, with Bob Crow, of the Rail Maritime and Transport union describing it as “…a legalised scam that imposes inflation-busting increases year on year to feed the massive profits of train operators.”
Major train operators were unavailable for comment as they were busy at a get-together in the Maldives, quaffing nectar and feasting on roasted swan’s nipples. Probably.
EDIT: Apologies for posting a pornographic image earlier even though it was in fact in no way pornographic. The image has been now rendered more appropriate. Apologies if some of you get turned on by a woman standing on a table.