At-seat service: first class in a GWR HST
Courtesy GWR

22 March 2017, the day of the terrible car and knife attack at the Palace of Westminster, will live in history in infamy. But while others were dealing with the horror not far away, a bunch of railway folk, of whom I was privileged to be one, were partaking of a convivial dinner in Euston. In the light of the South Eastern franchise consultation that floated the idea of abolishing first class (p15, last month), talk at the table turned to the two-class offering: is first class a sensible use of precious space on a train?

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