A colleague of mine lives near Hexham and regularly flies down on a Monday and back on a Friday between Newcastle and Heathrow. Due to the recent BA strikes he has had to make that journey on the train. He says it's costing home almost twice as much!
because of these silly prices no one uses the rail system out of choice, you only use it if you got a student rail card and book months in advance, or you can claim it on company expenses or if its impossible to drive to work due to time restrictions or parking. more expensive than flying? wtf? recently a Bristol Edinburgh round trip was over £200 by train and would take hours. the plane was less than £100 return and took far less time.
remember that episode of top gear where they bought a car and fuel for less than a return rail ticket