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RAIL’s ver­dict: There doesn’t seem to be much ev­i­dence to sup­port this ex­trav­a­gant claim from the York­shire Post that it’s cheaper to fly to New York than to buy an Open re­turn train ticket from Whitby to Lon­don, quoted here as cost­ing £313.

It’s not clear how ‘the Big Ap­ple’ could be reached by plane for a lower price than that, with RAIL colum­nist (and for­mer busi­ness ed­i­tor) Philip Haigh be­ing quoted a cool £1,580 for a sin­gle air fare from Lon­don, com­pared with £58 for an Off-Peak sin­gle from Whitby.

Barry Doe sums it up nicely: “This one is of­ten tried on and is ab­so­lute rub­bish. You have to com­pare like with like. In this case we’re be­ing quoted a ra­tio based on the most ex­pen­sive walk-on rail fare com­pared with the cost of the cheap­est book-ahead flight - and even then I doubt it’s true.”

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