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A MAJOR surge in first class rail journeys – the biggest for five years – has been recorded on East Coast trains travelling through Doncaster.

East Coast says their new timetable and complimentary food and drinks service in first class coaches has persuaded more long-distance travellers to switch from planes to trains.

In the four weeks to July 23, 173,000 passenger journeys were made in first class – a rise of 29 per cent, or 39,000 journeys, compared with the corresponding four weeks in 2010.

The rise is the biggest seen on the East Coast route in the last five years, and one of the biggest since the end of British Rail in 1996.

In contrast, first class journeys grew by just three per cent in the entire year from April 2010 to March 2011.