Passenger charged more than £1,000 for trains from London to Newcastle

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A Brit is left speechless after being quoted an eye-watering £1,049 for two return tickets from Newcastle to London.

Lee Williscroft-Ferris, who had budgeted for the approximately 550-mile tour yesterday, could not believe the final cost quoted to him.

London North Eastern Railway (LNER) was looking for a whopping £786 for a standard return and an even more ridiculous £1,049 for first class.

These train tickets would cost more than three times the price of a plane ticket, with return flights from Newcastle to London Heathrow starting from £110 per person (£220 for two adults).

For a return journey by car, from Newcastle to London, it would cost approximately £54 in petrol for a small vehicle and £82 for a large vehicle.

An Uber ride is still the most expensive option, costing around $564 one-way, but still not far behind the first-class option for these train tickets.

Lee shared a screenshot of the quoted prices on ‘X’, formerly known as Twitter, with the caption: ‘For a return from Newcastle to London, @LNER have you gone mad?!’

A MailOnline image showing the difference in price to travel from Newcastle to London
Lee shared this screenshot of the quoted prices on ‘X’, formerly known as Twitter, with the caption: ‘For a return from Newcastle to London, @LNER have you gone mad?!’

Social media users were quick to respond to the post, with some trying to explain away the high prices by suggesting it was because he booked at the last minute or during peak times.

But other users defended Lee, saying train travel within Britain should never cost hundreds of pounds, no matter where you travel or when you book.

One person said: ‘Inbound miss-the-point traders assume it must leave within the next 14 seconds and/or be cheaper elsewhere with a split ticket or something.

“The fact that these prices exist at every point in the journey means the system is broken.”

Lee explained that he booked a week in advance, hoping to travel to London on Tuesday and return on Thursday.

Since the distance between Newcastle and London is 275 miles, Lee would effectively pay £5 per mile for a standard ticket and £7 per mile for a first class.

His post received more than 26,000 likes and more than 1,500 comments from social media users who were left speechless by the awards.

One user said: ‘Train companies have long had a license to print money. It’s downright obscene.

One user said: ‘Train companies have long had a license to print money. It’s downright obscene’.
One person said: ‘Uber costs £630… And you’re unlikely to need to change buses half way
Another wrote: ‘Watched trains to Newcastle with son for a university open day. There it is cheaper to buy a car with a driver.’

‘And yes. I’m aware that if you do a little digging you can find a cheaper way to make that same trip, but the point is, you don’t have to.”

Another added: ‘Here’s an idea. Flight to Paris, nice lunch. Flight to London, TfL Underground to destination. Quick math: this would be £178.’

A third wrote: ‘I watched it [the] train to Newcastle for a university open day with [my] son. Cheaper to buy a car and drive there.’

Another replied: ‘Uber costs £630* and you’re unlikely to need to change buses halfway through.’

A spokesperson for LNER told MailOnline: ‘We have not yet received full details for this trip.

‘However, it appears that the prices quoted are for peak-hour travel during a period of very high demand.

‘For alternative trains, much cheaper Advance and 70 Minute Flex tickets are available for travel in Standard from Newcastle to London King’s Cross, subject to available seating capacity.

‘We always encourage customers to book as early as possible for the best rates.’

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