My journalistic colleagues are a responsible bunch. During an online meeting this week I asked a dozen of them, “Who’s been on a train since March?”
None had. Neither has Mark Smith, the international rail guru who founded the Seat61.com website. He told me: “I haven’t been on one for four months, possibly the longest train-free period of my adult life.
“But feedback from those who have (travelling outside the peaks) suggest a huge amount of fresh air is being shipped around.”
The government should be delighted with how successful its persuasion has been. In possibly the most bizarre scenario of this wretched pandemic, the taxpayer is paying train operators to run a virtually full service – with almost no passengers.
The Campaign Against Rail Travel (or Cart, as I shall call it) begins even as you contemplate