Station food outlets force train firm to axe catering service

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Chiltern Railways has announced that it will no longer provide on-train catering services, including its Espresso Bar on its silver trains and the trolley service that operates on long-distance services.

It blamed increasing numbers of customers choosing to purchase food and drink at shops and cafes at train stations meaning the on-board service is no longer sustainable.

Southern Railways ended its own on-board catering service in 2015 after competition from station coffee shops and food outlets proved too strong.

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First Great Western’s high speed trains include an Express cafe, as well as a travelling chef on selected services, serving meals at passengers’ seats. The Pullman Dining onboard restaurant is also available on some trains operating on weekdays between London and the South West. All Virgin Trains feature The Shop, which sells hot and cold snacks.

“Some passengers on Chiltern will be disappointed about the withdrawal of catering on their trains, particularly those who travel on long journeys,” said Mike Hewitson, head of policy at rail passenger watchdog Transport Focus.

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