Return ticket Reading to derby, booked a few weeks in advance. £35
If i want to do the same journey but calling in on a friend in Leicster on the way £100!
All because that devition means going through london.
£35 was stomachable as thats what it would cost to fill a car with petrol. But there comes a point where I'm drawing the line. By the time I've taken an afternoon/morning of work for traveling I'm looking at paying £200, car would have been £30 return in petrol, wouldn't smell of piss, vomit, shit, or those horrible virgin microwave bacon and cheese paninis (which must be the worlds most ungodly smell) and wouldn't have a screeming kid next to me.
Part privatisation is the key IMO, look at the NHS, few years back a friend had to wait for a knee arthroscopy, about 6-8months. When it was my turn it took two months, and i had the choice of about three hospitals trying to convince me to go to them.
Either that or let the train compnies opperate any line they like (within reason), and let the cheepest, least piss soaked train win!