From: Adrian F Sunman, Lunn Lane, South Collingham, Newark.
IF rail fares are to continue increasing in line with the highest measure of inflation, they need to be matched by a corresponding investment in both railway infrastructure and rolling stock.
The other day, I spent a most enjoyable day in York, culminating in a glorious Evensong at the Minster.
I then returned to York Station to catch the 18.31 train back to Newark, for which I had purchased an advance ticket accompanied by a seat reservation.
When the train finally arrived it was 50 minutes late due, we were told, to problems with overhead wires at Morpeth.
As a result of problems with another train, it was packed to the rafters and all seat reservations had been cancelled.
In fact the only “seat” I could find was a ledge in the vestibule of one of the coaches, directly opposite an out of order lavatory.
I was one of the lucky ones, though. Many weren’t so fortunate and either had to stand or sit on the floor, presumably having paid – in good faith – for a seat.
I can’t say it was the worst rail journey I’ve endured but it was a pretty close runner up!