Internet on trains hits the buffers

By The Economist online

THE train is often the best way to travel for business. Anyone heading to Paris from London for a meeting, for example, would be mad to choose an Airbus over a Eurostar. The journey time by rail may be more than twice as long—two hours and forty minutes compared with an hour and a quarter in the air—but that doesn’t take into account the fact that passengers must mope about the airport for a couple hours before boarding their flight. (Eurostar suggests turning up 30-45 minutes before the train leaves; for domestic trains you just need a few minutes.) Furthermore, unlike St Pancras station and Gare du Nord, Heathrow and Charles de Gaulle are some distance from the centre of town. In fact passengers will probably need to board a train to get there.

But time-saving is the least of it. In most instances, travelling by rail is simply more pleasant. Assuming that they have booked a seat and don’t have to squat in the aisles, passengers get more space, get a full-size window through which they can watch the world fly by and are able to get up and wander about. They may even get a table big enough to allow them to spread out their papers, laptop and a sandwich at the same…

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