Not so convenient now

A little while back, I ventured that those booking train tickets should considering if they are really going to use whatever seat reservation they might have made and whether it was a waste of time in the first place. Since then, National Express East Coast have done their bit to force rethinks on the subject of seat reservation by announcing plans to charge for them (£2.50 single and £5 return). It’s a controversial move, particularly given the size of fare increases in the last few years, and some of complained publicly about the development. However, if it improves apparent seat availability for hop-on passengers, that may not be such a bad thing and its introduction starts on Sunday.

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