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First Class Carriages Could Soon Be Scrapped On Some Trains

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First Class Carriages Could Soon Be Scrapped On Some Trains

It's 8am in the morning, and your train has just pulled into the station. It's packed. Same old shit, different day.

Then, at 5pm, when heading home, it's exactly the same. You sometimes have a wishful glance at first class. Space aplenty, as the businessman beavers away on his laptop.

You question if you could get away with it. It's only a short hop, and the train is too packed for the conductor to get through to check your ticket.

Yet you choose not to risk it, and stand with sweaty armpits and the big bellies of your fellow commuters.

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However, in future, Mr Big Bollocks of the corporate world may be forced to budge up and let you sit next to him as there are now plans to scrap first class carriages on busy routes.

The transport secretary, Chris Grayling, said the move is to avoid having people standing when there are empty seats in higher-priced carriages.

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Grayling said that he did not see the reason to have segregated sections on short routes, with the government looking to get these scrapped in future deals.

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He himself is a commuter, getting the train to Westminster every day, and said he was 'absolutely' committed to scrapping first class carriages on commuter routes, and wants train operators to take action should passengers demand it.

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There are also 'smart ticket' plans which would see the end of paper tickets and would allow travellers to receive automatic, and fast, payments for late trains.

He told the Daily Telegraph: "I absolutely understand what a total pain it is if you are standing on a train for 20-30 minutes on the way to work.

"I don't really see a case for a non-longer distance journey for there to be any division between first and second class. There should be one class on the train.

"We have got rid of it on some of the trains in south east London as part of the new franchise.

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"People will see less first class in the future as we start to say that on busy suburban trains you can't start segregating."

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Some train companies are under fire at the moment. Southern rail have planned a series of strikes in August, on top of the ones already seen in 2017.

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Southeastern trains equally came under scrutiny this week when a commuter spoke of his disgust after falling asleep and missing his stop, only to be landed with a £1,000 fine.

Graphic designer Neil Armstrong missed his station at Barming in Kent, and after appealing twice against his initial fine of £19.10, could now be ordered to pay the maximum penalty.

It's understood that the train operating company only relented when Mr Armstrong complained to his local newspaper.

A spokesman for Southeastern said: "The appeal is being re-logged by IPFAS (Independent Penalty Fares) and a refund of £19.10 will be processed as soon as possible."

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Topics: Transport, Trains, First Class

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