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Rail fares in Britain are the most expensive in Europe - Times Online

Rail travel is more expensive in Britain than anywhere else in Europe, according to research.

For £10, a train passenger in this country can travel 27 miles. In France the same amount would get them 50 miles by rail. In Latvia, which has Europe's cheapest train travel, passengers could get 383 miles on the equivalent sum.

The figures, which were released by the Liberal Democrats, also disclose the scale of fare increases in this country. Six years ago rail passengers could travel 55 miles for £10.

The figures were compiled by comparing European fares published in this year's Thomas Cook European Rail Timetable.

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by Fran on Mon Jan 21st, 2008 at 11:17:11 PM EST
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Surely you are not suggesting that privatisation could in any way fail to reduce prices out of sight?

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi
by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Tue Jan 22nd, 2008 at 02:00:03 AM EST
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Well, it does keep the little people rather close to home, doesn't it?

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Tue Jan 22nd, 2008 at 04:21:22 AM EST
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Privatisation was never inteneded to have any (downward) impact on fares, it was intended to provide another conduit for public money to slide into a few private pockets with least resistance.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Jan 22nd, 2008 at 11:48:54 AM EST
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