Third class rail travel 'could return' after 50 years

Britain could return to the three tier system of rail travel after more than 50 years since Third Class was abolished, according to The Times (£).

A proposal in a leaked franchise prospectus by the Department for Transport for the East Coast Main Line suggested that three classes of travel could be introduced. Third Class ended in Britain in 1956 after Second Class disappeared from fare tables.

The Government has been accused of "smashing apart" a key rail line - the East Coast Mainline Credit: Martin Keene/PA Wire

The document suggests that bidders for the line would be allowed to create an intermediate class between Standard and First Class.

The Government said that the proposals were to open the way for a class equivalent to Premium Economy on aircraft but the RMT Transport Union accused the department of setting the clock back.