We all know that our national rail service is a complete and utter rip off, but even by their standards this train fare is eye-wateringly expensive.
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Commuters were left shocked recently when a first class, 64-mile-long journey from Taunton to Trowbridge showed up as costing £10,000. That works out at roughly £138 per minute – it would be cheaper to get a private jet.
Thankfully, the price wasn’t serious and it was the result of a technical glitch. Regardless, I wouldn’t put it past them. A spokesperson for Great Western Railway said:
We are aware of an IT glitch which has published fares for a first class journey that does not exist.
We are working to remedy this as soon as possible.
Anytime single fares between Taunton and Trowbridge are available from £12.70.
Although this was a mistake, it does highlight the issue of expensive train fares in this country. Earlier this month, a guy named Tom Church flew from London to Newcastle on a private plane for less than half the price of the train ticket for the same journey. Meanwhile, last year this guy flew from Sheffield to Essex via Berlin because it was cheaper than the train fare.
Come on National Rail, sort it out. You already make enough money from charging us 30p to pee. At least utilise this money and cut our train fares a bit. It’s getting out of hand.