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Graham Stewart | 10:08 UK time, Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Virgin Cross Country
The UK's first £1,000 rail ticket has gone on sale.That's how much it could cost you to travel from Kyle of Lochalsh to Newquay.

Of course, it's not the most likely fare you would buy. Indeed, a spokesman for Cross Country has confirmed to us that no-one had actually bought this ticket. The train company says that anyone wanting a first-class return would be likely to book a saver return in advance and pay £561.

Nonetheless, it highlights a more general issue about the cost of "walk-on" fares and the rate at which many of them have increased over recent years. The rail expert who uncovered this latest example, Barry Doe, says the £1,002 ticket had been available for £486 as recently as September 2008

So what's been your experience of buying a ticket?


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