Expensive trains in England – level 3
“Hi guys. I’m at East Midlands Airport right and I’m about to fly to Germany. Now that might not sound money-saving, but there’s a story behind it.”
Perhaps you’re one of many who’s found themselves outraged by growing train fares. A cost-conscious teen found a solution to this problem, but it requires you to go the extra mile or 1,017 miles (1,600 km) to be precise.
Jordan Cox traveled from Sheffield to Essex via Berlin because he claimed it was cheaper than the train.
“Absolutely astonished at the price. I mean that is so much to pay for a one-way train, so I decided to take some action, and I found that it was cheaper for me to get a bus and a train from Sheffield to East Midlands Airport, get a flight to Berlin, train intersection for food, train back to the airport, flight to the Stansted and then get a bus back home than it was to pay for my train.”
He may have saved a few pennies, but if time is money than was Jordan left poorer at the end of his journey?
“It took 13 hours door to door to get back home from when I left, but I can’t put a price on that experience, and I’d definitely do that again.”
Well, that’s some extreme lengths to save a few quid.
Difficult words: outraged (shocked, angry), conscious (concerned – worried about), extra mile (this means two things: to go further than normal and to do more work than normal), precise (exact), claim (to say), lengths (solution to a problem), quid plural is the same (pound sterling).
Why do you think the train fares in England are so expensive?
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