Monday, December 10, 2012

Virgin berth

Having said how appalling Chiltern Trains have become, I tried Virgin instead just days after Richard Branson's outfit won a two-year extension to its franchise.
How anyone could travel on this line is beyond me. Quite apart from the fact that all Virgin trains stink because their loos are basically insanitary, the price is beyond comprehension.
Second class return from Birmingham International to Euston (including car parking, admittedly) is a staggering £166.
It's not worth £20.
The outward journey was OK but when we reached Coventry on the way back the five carriages filled up so much it was standing room only for dozens of people.
So crammed was the train that I feared I might not actually get to the exit door in time before the train moved on.
As for everyone trying to get on the train at Birmingham International having been to the Clothes Show at the NEC, they were treated like refugees or Japanese commuters. I'm surprised there wasn't some Virgin operative employed to shove and push them all on board so the doors would close.
Why does anyone love Richard Branson? His rip-off railway is a bad joke.

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