1st class price but 2nd class seat

Posted: October 3, 2010 in Broken Britain

IlieOnline ticket websites, including train company Southeastern’s, allow customers to select the first class option when buying tickets for travel between Kent and St Pancras on the new high-speed line.

Unfortunately there is no first class service on High Speed One (HS1), so posh passengers are paying for a 1st class seat that doesn’t exist in fact there is no guarantee of any seat.

A standard return high-speed ticket from Ramsgate to St Pancras costs £31.50, providing the passenger travels at specific times. For a more flexible ticket allowing the customer to be more selective about when they travel the cost can rise to £56 or more. But for first class travel, fares can go up to as much as £91.80.

Customers boarding the train to London, however, will find there is only one class on HS1 and the high fare does not even guarantee a seat.

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