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gricerboy
10th May 2010, 14:09
I have a 90 mnute round train journey every day. I've been using a standard class season ticket up to now which works out at £13 per working day & the train is always packed though I normally manage to get an aisle seat. First class equivalent is £32 per working day. Is it really worth paying £20 quid extra a day? Do any of you bother with first class? Don't know by how much it would improve my quality of life. The train is a HST not a cattle truck so it's proper 1st class, not just the usual seats with antimocassers.

NotAllThere
10th May 2010, 14:12
It depends on your route.

gricerboy
10th May 2010, 14:16
It depends on your route.

WSM to Swindon

northernladuk
10th May 2010, 14:20
In my experience it is pure luck. I have had pleasant cattle class trips even sitting next to strangers in busy carrieages, nice hum going on, people watching and so on but had some effin nightmares as well.

You don't mention how you rate your journey, is it ok or does it drive you nuts and you arrive at work a shuddering wreck? Would it improve your day if you travelled first?

I guess you are claiming this so it isn't £20 extra out of your pocket a day either really is it?

NotAllThere
10th May 2010, 14:21
I should have thought the horror of arriving in Swindon would cause any discomfort on the actual journey to pale into insignificance.

alreadypacked
10th May 2010, 14:23
I should have thought the horror of arriving in Swindon would cause any discomfort on the actual journey to pale into insignificance.

:rollin:

Moscow Mule
10th May 2010, 14:24
Yes, it's worth it - it's the difference between seat and no seat & standing for 25-30 mins smelling armpits for me.

chef
10th May 2010, 14:25
It's a business expense, seperates you from the riff raff, is usually quieter, usually has a chance of a seat without reservation, a seat with a guaranteed plug and you get better treatment like a nice drink etc. after a hard days work and possibly a small meal or snack if it's anything like I remember.

or you could suffer cattle class and all the glorious smells/noise that goes with it and save £100 quid a week

the question really is what's more important to you?

Churchill
10th May 2010, 14:36
I should have thought the horror of arriving in Swindon would cause any discomfort on the actual journey to pale into insignificance.

Now you know the depth of my pain!

Pogle
10th May 2010, 14:42
Ditto with the doggie

And I'm starting a 4 month extension today. :eek:

But at least its sunny in Swindon today :D

thunderlizard
10th May 2010, 14:44
I probably wouldn't for nearly triple the price for just 45 mins if it's not that rammed. It's not usually much quieter: in standard you get a background hum of chatter, but in 1st you get 1 or 2 idiots braying into their phones about "strategic goals" and "prime care trusts" which is more annoying. And it doesn't get you there any less late.

shaunbhoy
10th May 2010, 15:05
WSM to Swindon

On that route it is a must. At certain times of the year you are likely to be knee-deep in sheep and goats, and the pungent aroma of scrumpy vomit laced with cowshit is likely to get your day off to a very poor start. It may be a pricey option, but you don't want to arrive in Swindonia anything less than at your best.
:laugh

chef
10th May 2010, 15:06
And it doesn't get you there any less late.

ahh the joys of the Uk rail system, I'd almost forgotten what that's like until the local Germans start tutting on the platform when an announcement is made that the train will be 6 mins late and they act as though someone should be fired for this.. this is a train that's 6hrs in of it's 14hr journey and it's 6 mins late!! German precision in timing is the best sort IMO.

Plus in the rare event the trains are REALLY late you get:
25% for delays of 60-120 minutes
50% if a delay is more than 120 minutes

Churchill
10th May 2010, 15:07
On that route it is a must. At certain times of the year you are likely to be knee-deep in sheep and goats, and the pungent aroma of scrumpy vomit laced with cowshit is likely to get your day off to a very poor start. It may be a pricey option, but you don't want to arrive in Swindonia anything less than at your best.
:laugh

Swindon - the land that time ought to forget!

Sysman
10th May 2010, 15:54
I probably wouldn't for nearly triple the price for just 45 mins if it's not that rammed. It's not usually much quieter: in standard you get a background hum of chatter, but in 1st you get 1 or 2 idiots braying into their phones about "strategic goals" and "prime care trusts" which is more annoying. And it doesn't get you there any less late.

Memories of first class commuting:-

the idiot who noisily shuffled his paperwork on the way home every day
the bloke with the mobile phone that sounded like an old BT job with the bell
the incessant clickety-clack of laptop keyboards
talk of "synergy" and "core competencies"


I don't miss it one bit.

DimPrawn
10th May 2010, 16:17
Swindon - the land that time ought to forget!

Can you lot lay off of Swindon.

It gives you work you ungrateful bastards!

:mad

ASB
10th May 2010, 17:19
WSM to Swindon

On that route get about 20 cups of coffee and all the biccies and water from the trolley, then flog 'em in the staff canteen. Do the same on the way back to WSM and flog em in the pub on the station.