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Britain’s biggest rail rip-offs: 10 journeys that cost £1 per mile or more

Simon Calder’s Travel

As passengers from Edinburgh to London are told they must pay £200 for a one-way, standard-class ticket during a rail strike, The Independent has identified other eye-wateringly expensive train fares.

Ten journeys that cost £1 per mile can now be revealed.

These are not the priciest journeys per mile in the UK: most of those are for extremely short journeys that travellers would not normally make. The most expensive of all in pounds-per-mile is the link from Ty Glas in the northern suburbs of Cardiff to Birchgrove, which is less than a quarter-mile. The fare increased earlier last month to £2.70, taking the price-per-mile to £12.70.

Close behind is London Blackfriars to City Thameslink, a journey of one or two minutes that works out at exactly £12 per mile. The walk takes around six minutes.

For this study, The Independent is looking at journeys that people reasonably take but which are very expensive on a per-mile basis.

Many of them involve airport stations, with the most expensive being Hayes & Harlington to Heathrow Central which works out at £2.10 per mile.

Three journeys from Stansted airport cost £1 per mile or more, while the link from Three Bridges in Sussex to Gatwick Airport, four minutes up the line, costs £1.15 per mile.

Two other extremely high fares are on the Southeastern high-speed line from London St Pancras to Kent. The six-mile stretch from the terminus to Stratford in east London costs £8.10, and the onward journey to Ebbsfleet International works out at £1.25 per mile. This is also the most expensive journey in terms of time taken, with trains taking 11 minutes – almost £2 per minute.

Almost all of the journeys are three miles or more, making walking unrealistic. The exception is between Liverpool James Street and Birkenhead Hamilton Square. The distance is only 1.2 miles, but they are separated by the Mersey – making the £3.60 one-way fare a necessary purchase.

The longest journey covered in the survey is the 65 miles from Watford Junction to Rugby, priced at £67.20.

Many other journeys are on the cusp of rising above £1 per mile – and may well do so when fares increase again next March. Bedford to Wellingborough is currently £14.50 for 15 miles, while Stevenage to Peterborough £45.10 for 48 miles.

Special mention is due for two airport services that are priced way above normal levels. The flat £2…

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