We were gob smacked at the fare to Newcastle, £300, we thought we had miss heard and rewound it...I immediately said it would be cheaper to fly which the man buying also mentioned.
Everyone always says that, I've said it myself a few times, but they always compare a very expensive last-minute train ticket with a cheap plane ticket booked in advance.
Try booking a flight Friday afternoon returning Sunday afternoon on both types of transport the same weekend and you'll find they both take a lot of money off you! If the last-minute rail price was £300 and the air fare a lot less then they would sell no last-minute rail tickets!
I can think of better ways of spending £300 but I guess at those prices it's probably companies paying.