Michael Portillo and FGW’s “luxury dining” restaurant

21 Jun

So this is what they are spending extortionate rail fees on. I opened up “Escape” First Great Western’s on-board glossy magazine that it’s not likely anyone has read from cover to cover and saw a whole article by Michael Portillo about the luxury dining experience  now available on some of First Great Western’s services. Which is unfortunately not available online or I would have shared the full horror of it with you all.

Oh and a feature about “glamping” bell-tents and yurts, costing a couple of hundred quid each. Doesn’t this rather defeat the point of camping which is that it’s a cheapo holiday where you get muddy uncomfortable and wet?

I wonder what’s happened to his career I mean it’s got to suck if you have reached the heights of success in British politics but are now reduced to writing puff pieces for First Great Western and their “in-train dining experience”.

The strapline even read “Michael portillo gets a taste of luxury” hasn’t he had luxury every day of his life? It’s not even online so I can’t even share my misery with anyone.

I can use this to have a general rant about the trains though. Tonight yet again a train was cancelled because “there was no staff member available”. Why’s that? Oh yeah they cut them all. Other reasons why trains are late include signalling problems (cuts in signalling staff) and “congestion caused by earlier delays” er … what? 😦

Meanwhile in some trains you get like three carriages full of first class, all empty while the plebs are crammed into the other carriages like nobody’s business.

The british transport system is one of the most expensive in Europe.  some fares have gone up by 90% in the last couple of years and over the last decade they have increased on average by 50%. For what? So Michael Portillo can have some rare steak it seems.

And this “luxury dining” bollocks won’t benefit the vast majority of people who simply want to use the train as a method of travel and don’t have the money or the inclination to take part in this bollocks except maybe very occasionally if they’ve saved up what they haven’t spent travelling on the trains.

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2 Responses to “Michael Portillo and FGW’s “luxury dining” restaurant”

  1. Nel June 21, 2013 at 10:01 pm #

    What bothers me more with these long distance trains is the nearly empty first class carriages and while the rest of us are packed in like sardines. i have a feeling we have more subsidy down west though. the cost of the off peak trains I use is cheap with the railcard.

  2. sometimesantisocialalwaysantifascist June 21, 2013 at 10:05 pm #

    yeah its absolutely horrible Nel I agree. I think FGW is actually one of the better rail companies in terms of the cost which is astounding.
    I’ll do a really long rant about this at some point but don’t have the energy tonight

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