Sleeper Train Bans Sharing Cabins With Strangers

By Kim Snaith on at

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Caledonian Sleeper said that the consultation carried out by Transport Scotland found that sharing with a stranger is "outdated" and "not appropriate for the majority of travellers."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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