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Tightening your commuter belt

By Tom Chatfield  

This morning, in a radical experiment that’s set to make my life both better and more expensive, I took a different route to work. I live in Brighton (where my wife works) and work in leafy Bloomsbury, so a reasonable amount of my week is spent in transit: about four hours a day by the “old” route, of which three hours pass within one of the crowded, decrepit trains that service the railway between Brighton and Farringdon. This morning, however, I alighted onto one of the shiny machines that service the line between Brighton and Victoria and, 59 minutes later,…

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