- 6 Jun 2005
Not good news!
I'm not convinced by this. Once a train has accelerated to full speed it does not take a great deal of fuel to maintain that speed. If you take Exeter as a comparison, does an HST to Paddington that is non-stop to Reading (as some do) with say 500 passengers on board really consume more fuel per passenger than a many-stations SWT Class 159 service, with say 150 passengers into Waterloo? I very much doubt it!Tim Bowcock said:"We run high-speed long-distance trains which tend to use more fuel than slower, more local services so perhaps we are more greatly affected than other operators by increases in fuel prices, which have gone up by up to 50%"
Ah, options for Combo CDRs then for those who know how to play the system!First Great Western said:it is difficult to compare prices, but says it has introduced a new cheap day return between Plymouth and Exeter ...