The tenth consecutive above inflation rise in fares is about to be announced. Season tickets costs are expected to rise by 11%. Some journeys from Scotland to England are now cheaper by plane than by train. I don't drive, and so when it comes to long distance travel I am somewhat reliant on our nations rail network. This is becoming increasingly difficult due to the insane prices of some services and the bizarre pricing structures (£95 to get to Edinburgh single, £96 return???). Our rail fares are amongst the highest in Europe (I think they might actually be the highest). For most car owners it is far more cost effective to drive. What can be done? Nationalising the rail networks is my liberal gut-reaction but I'm not nearly knowledgeable enough on what the train networks were like or their current workings to know whether that would lead to reduced prices and improved service. Train companies seem to be fairly profitable, so if you can get an efficient nationalised system in place they would seem to be a obvious middleman who can be cut out; as I say, that's my gut reaction. Anyone know more about this have any different solutions? Anyone think it's not a problem?