The Anonymous Widower

The Joy Of Birmingham By Train

An old friend phoned up last night and we decided to have lunch in Birmingham today.

So I got on the Virgin Trains web site and bought myself a ticket to Brum for this morning at nine last night for just £25.75, which gets me to New Street station in good time to walk to Carluccio’s. I should be in the centre of Birmingham about two hours after leaving home

I didn’t buy myself a return ticket, as I want to look at several things in the city and am unsure about, whether I’ll come home to either Euston or Marylebone. So I’ll buy a walk-up ticket in steerage, when I decide to come back.

I just used the Transport Direct web site to see how long it would take someone else to drive.  They reckon it will be just under two and a half hours, but they recommend taking a fifteen minute break.  The cost in a medium-sized petrol car is £20 plus the parking.

So cost is probably about the same, if you exclude the cost of ownership of the car, but the train is thirty minutes quicker. I can also use my phone and wi-fi.

My one beef at a lot of big stations, is that they don’t have a decent restaurant, cafe or pub, where you could have a quiet meeting, close by.  Birmingham New Street is a special case, as they are rebuilding the station, but some don’t provide hardly anything except gluten-rich fast food. Manchester Piccadilly, Kings Cross and Waterloo are setting a standard, that all others should try to follow.  Where for instance is a good Indian restaurant in a station?

June 28, 2013 - Posted by | Food, Transport | , ,


  1. […] I’d had breakfast earlier at home and anyway I was on the 10:23, so I was too late! However I did get three cups of tea and a bottle of water thrown in to my £25 fare bought the previous evening. […]

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  2. […] haven’t taken as many enjoyable trips by train, like the one to Birmingham last week, as the weather has been so bad, it’s been better to stay at […]

    Pingback by The Joy Of Not Driving « The Anonymous Widower | June 30, 2013 | Reply

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