Why are trains so expensive in the UK??

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It doesn’t get into my head why train travel in the UK is just so expensive… Often it is cheaper to fly to Asia than to take the cho-cho 200 miles south.

Maybe the low-cost airline market (a truly privatized industry with fierce competition) works the magic of the invisible hand better than the monopolized Virgin-khm.. West Coast railway? (yeah, yeah I know, it’s not monopolized… of course it isn’t)

  • All searches conducted on Trainline/Kiwi today
  • Station/Airport transfers added
  • Always cheapest options considered
  • Graphic stitched together in PowerBI
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