'Premium economy' class for trains

Chiltern Railways introduces 'premium economy' class for trains

Chiltern Railways is introducing an airline-style ‘premium economy’ class on services between London and Birmingham.

But executives using Chiltern Railways’ new business zone will still have to pay for their food and drink, as well as forking out an extra £20 for travelling in a special 30-seat carriage. Featuring large tables, wide seats and wi-fi connection, the new service will start on Monday on Chiltern’s London to Birmingham route.

A standard anytime return on this route currently costs £75. If travellers want to pay the extra £20 for the new service for both legs of the journey, it will cost them £115.

Chiltern’s marketing director Thomas Ableman said: “Businesses told us that space to work and a decent internet connection were absolutely essential. They also told us that additional privacy at key times for increased productivity was valuable.

“What they didn’t value was paying over £100 extra for a sandwich, pretzels and a single glass of wine. We believe the premium economy service in the business zone creates a new class of travel that could signal the end of first-class business travel across the industry.”

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