Between the Lines

Royal Border Bridge: a nine-car LNER Azuma crosses the river Tweed into Berwick. Courtesy LNER

Back in April, I wanted to book a single ticket for our daughter for a journey from Berwick-upon-Tweed to Leighton Buzzard. While certainly not a significant flow, it is one of the many hundreds of thousands of journeys that individuals seek to make by rail.

I assumed that the industry’s systems would offer something sensible and affordable, via Tamworth, Birmingham or London, based on add-on fares to, say, an advance ticket from Berwick to King’s Cross on LNER or Berwick to Birmingham on CrossCountry.

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