For 145 years since sleeper trains running between Scotland to London were first introduced, single travellers have been given the option to pay a reduced fare to share a cabin with a stranger. But from next month, Caledonian Sleeper is changing its policy: no more sharing, meaning lone travellers will be forced to pay for a full cabin by themselves.
Personally, I wouldn't want to share an enclosed space with a stranger anyway, but that's just me and I generally avoid human interaction as much as possible. But some people are not as antisocial as me, and for lone travellers on the sleeper service, it's a more financially savvy choice — paying to share a cabin costs from £85, but when they're forced to pay for a cabin to themselves, it'll cost upwards of £140. It's a pretty big jump.
Surely the choice of whether sharing with a stranger is appropriate should be down to the individual traveller, and not for the company to dictate. But a spokesperson for Caledonian Sleeper said that the consultation carried out by Transport Scotland found that sharing with a stranger is "outdated" and "not appropriate for the majority of travellers." Be that as it may, solo travellers should still be given a choice.
The only other sleeper train in the UK, which runs between London and Penzance, has not yet made any similar outlawing of sharing a cabin. [Scotsman]
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