Is it really, Russethouse? When we lived in Taunton and our son went to school in Surrey, he always had to change at Reading.
As I remember it, we used to send his luggage in advance so that he himself only took a suitcase. Don't remember it as being especially expensive.
Only drawback was he always went back to school on a Sunday and would have to change about 4 times and took all day to get back. Always engineering works or some such.
Mind you Bridgend to Paddinton day return was in excess of £140 if you need to get to London before 10am.
Apprendre une langue, c'est faire un voyage différent chaque jour.
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