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£944 / Spain £788 / Italy £444. (Passenger Focus; averages for journeys

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PEAK TIMES Peak fares can start at 3pm. Train operators Virgin and East Coast charge passengers peak fares from as early as 3pm, an investigation has found.Network Rail up to 40% less efficient in maintaining railway tracks and stations than European rivals, says regulator (September 2010) The 07.42 from Reading to London Paddington, operated by First Great Western, carried on average 326 passengers more than the train’s capacity of 533. Described by the DfT as a ‘very popular service into Paddington’, it was one of 10 trains identified in a Freedom of Information reply. The figures were compiled in a snapshot survey taken in late 2009.Overcrowding on trains in England and Wales will get substantially worse over


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