I have to go to London for various meetings during the first week of November. Normally, if I was going for the day, I'd fly, but this time it's trickier. I have meetings north of London, north-west of London and in Central London, so I have to do a fair bit of travelling around while I'm down there. I could fly into Stansted, and fly back via Luton (on Easyjet), and travel by train between meetings at an estimated cost of £100+ for flights plus trains. Or I could fly to Heathrow on BMI, use the railways to get around and get a few frequent flyer miles . Again, the cost works out at £100+ and the flyer miles are few, as it is a BMI 'Tiny' fare. Or I could drive down, for a cost of £80+ with the exhaustion factor that brings. I'm going to go with taking the train- £56.20 for all the journeys I need to take that week and all booked through www.thetrainline.com.
I hadn't travelled long distance by train for seven or eight years, but a few months ago I had to travel to Nottingham and I really enjoyed the journey (in spite of the disruption caused by electrical storm damage caused to signals). I can travel by train from the end of our street to the centre of London without the hassle and expense of getting to the airport, checking in an hour before take-off, and taking a train/bus the other end. Ok, so it is a longer journey time, but it's cheaper, I can easily take a walk and for ultimate coolness GNER trains are introducing WiFi access on their services. A lot of commuters to London are going to like that.