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Date: 22/10/01, updated on 25/11/01 (144 review reads)
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Well the British railways are in a bit of a state. Unsafe, late and unreliable are three words that come to mind. Well those three words don’t go with all of Britain’s railways. Well those three words certainly don’t go with Chiltern Railways, who I use a lot. They provide services between Birmingham, the West Midlands and London. Though I only use their service to travel into London from Beaconsfield or Gerrards Cross or go from Beaconsfield to Gerrards Cross to see friends.
Frequency of trains ~~
Out of the many times I have used Chiltern Railways the train has never been more than 5 minutes late. And usually it is dead on time or early. Yes I bet your thinking if only all British rail services were like Chiltern Railways.
Trains are very frequent in the week and on Saturdays but trains are very infrequent on Sundays and the service is restricted. The service is also interrupted on Sundays due to track maintenance.
If you are only going a couple of stations Chiltern appear quite bad value but if you are going a fair distance or to London for example from Beaconsfield Chiltern Railways are quite reasonable. For me (a child) it costs £5 for a one-day return travel card from Beaconsfield to London. I think that is quite reasonable and well-priced as London is about 25 miles from Beaconsfield. And as that’s a travel card it also includes the tube in London and buses. But for me to go to Gerrards Cross from Beaconsfield; two towns within 3 or 4 miles of each other it is about £2.50 return. However I do confess that I don’t often bother with a ticket as there are no barriers at either station and there is never a guard onboard other than at peak times. Doing that though does run the risk of a £10 fine plus your fare!
All of Chiltern Railways trains are fairly new and they are always clean and comfortable. The seats are bright blue and comfortable and
there is ample legroom. And on all services there is at least one first class carriage, the seats in first class are larger and more comfortable. Oh and there bright red instead of blue! And as I said before as there is rarely a guard there is nothing stopping you going in first class. Though be warned you will have to pay the difference in fares if there is a guard!
On most trains there is a snack trolley offering sandwiches, soft drinks, tea and coffee and some alcoholic drinks. Though it is rather expensive so I don’t usually bother and instead buy something at the station.
Overall Chiltern Railways are excellent, the only disadvantage being that fares are expensive to go one or two stations. Apart from that Chiltern Railways are brilliant, they prove that not all British railway services are bad. They’re trains are new and clean. They’re trains usually run on time and their prices are reasonable if you are going quite a long way.