Rail travel Sheffield: 'How can anyone afford the fares' - reader's letter

It must be fantastic to travel by train around Britain, the money being bandied about to upgrade the system for the modern age, but – and it’s a big but – how can anyone afford the fares that are charged.

Wednesday, 24th November 2021, 5:13 pm
One reader would love to travel by train to Edinburgh, but is struggling to stomach extortionate rail fares. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Her who must be obeyed and myself would dearly love to travel to Edinburgh for a few days but the fare for the two of us will hit £200 for a return ticket and you can double that for a first-class ticket.

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Also, why can you no longer go to the station and buy a reasonably-priced ticket instead of being more or less forced to surf the net for the cheapest fare? You should be able to go to window No 4 and ask for a return ticket to whatever destination you are trying to reach and expect a reasonable fare to be charged, especially for pensioners and people on low wages.

Mike Anthony