How can travel by train be improved?
Overcrowding on trains in England and Wales will get substantially worse over the next four years despite rises in ticket prices, a report by MPs says. What are train services like where you live?
Plans by the UK's Department for Transport suggest targets for increasing passenger places will be missed, and that it was "not clear to passengers" how money from fare rises was spent. MP Margaret Hodge expressed concern that the "already unacceptable levels of overcrowding will simply get worse and ever more intolerable".
Rail travel in the UK is expensive by European standards - a report by watchdog Passenger Focus published in 2009 found that, on average, fares were 50% higher in Britain than in the rest of Europe. For average journeys of 11 to 25 miles, an annual travelcard in would cost £444 in Italy, £990 in France and the grand total of £1,860 in Britain.
When it comes to speed and punctuality, Rail Europe claims that Swiss Federal Railways is Europe's most timely railway and China can boast the world's biggest high-speed rail network.
Are you a regular train user? What is your experience of train travel where you are? Are trains overcrowded? Do you feel confident that you'll reach your destination on time when you buy a train ticket? Are trains value for money where you live?
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