It’s ‘back to the 50s’ as day trips replace the UK rail commute

Chair of Network Rail says leisure travel has returned quicker than work travel

Train operators may have to gear up for a 1950s-style future, where the biggest passenger demand is for summer day trips to the seaside rather than the morning commute to the office, industry bosses have suggested, as leisure travel is growing faster than the return to work.

Rail firms have reported far busier weekend services and crowding on coastal routes, while London commuter trains remain largely empty.

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