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Plane 'often cheaper than the train'

Those staying in the UK for their holidays this year should bear in mind some new research from Holiday Which?.

A study from the consumer watchdog found that in many cases, it was cheaper to fly to UK destinations than to take the train.

The research discovered that travelling by train was often the most expensive way to get around Britain and even when tickets were bought weeks in advance, the cheapest advertised fares were frequently unavailable.

While cheap fares of £13.50 were advertised for a rail journey from London to Glasgow, the research team was unable to get hold of any of these, with the next best fare standing at £77.

"It's probably too late to get one of the really cheap tickets if you're travelling by train this Easter …as train timetables are set 12 weeks in advance and the bargains get snapped up," said Lorna Cowan, the editor of Holiday Which? Magazine.

Coach travel was found to be the cheapest option, but also took the longest between London and Glasgow.

Even taking into account check-in times, flying was the quickest way to travel in the UK and not always the most expensive. Cheap deals identified included a £34.95 ticket from Birmingham to Edinburgh with bmibaby.
B The airline's bmi regional subsidiary recently announced its commitment to new routes and frequencies, with five new routes to foreign destinations set for summer as well as more frequent regional UK flights.

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