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Seats but no sights

I agree with Charlie Rickard (NCE 19 June) that railway passengers want reliability, punctuality, a frequent service and a degree of comfort from a journey together with time to enjoy the passing countryside.

However judging from my recent journey from Cardiff to Reading these last wants are completely missing from present day travel.

The seats were aircraft type with no adjustment or padding and at a pitch which meant that there were only a few inches between my knees and the seat in front. As for admiring the passing countryside, the pitch meant that I had only a small piece of window to look out of so that for the whole journey I was looking a grey plastic seat back only six inches from my eyes.

Luckily the trains were on time which limited the discomfort but expecting passengers to travel like this will not tempt them out of their cars. Next time I do this journey I shall take my car so that I can have a comfortable seat and be able to see where I am going.

LAURENCE MAY (F), 8 Hollybush Rise, Cardiff, CF23 6TG

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