The Anonymous Widower

Charge Passengers Higher Fares For Carrying Large Bags, Says Rail Chief

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article in The Telegraph.

This is the sub-heading.

Managing director of Lumo suggests that only those travelling with a laptop or a rucksack deserve cheaper tickets

These are two paragraphs from the article.

In an interview with the Evening Standard, he said: “We are all about getting our customers the lowest possible fares.

“Why should somebody who is getting on the train with a ginormous suitcase pay the same fare as somebody just bringing on a small laptop or rucksack?”


  1. Martijn Gilbert is the managing director of Lumo.
  2. I do wonder what people put in their cases.
  3. I usually travel with a carry-on bag without wheels, that fits under the seat on most reputable airlines and Ryanair.
  4. My late wife was the same and we could have a weekend away using one small wheeled case, that went in the overhead lockers.

But then bless her, hair was too short for rollers and she only carried the minimal amount of make-up. She also never wore high heels and she was a genuine size 8 with small feet. She also never felt underdressed.

So let’s hope Martijn Gilbert puts his fares, where his mouth is!

February 25, 2023 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , ,


  1. He’s been taking lessons from Michael O’Leary!

    The French low-cost TGV company Ouigo has baggage restrictions (more generous than Ryanair).

    Comment by Peter Robins | February 25, 2023 | Reply

  2. My late wife and myself always worked to tighter restrictions. More than once we had compliments from porters in five-star hotels!

    Comment by AnonW | February 25, 2023 | Reply

  3. Whatever next? Ryan Rail?

    Comment by R. Mark Clayton | February 26, 2023 | Reply

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