Mon 16 November 2009, The Independent

Education officials spent £10m on first-class fares

By Nigel Morris and Richard Garner
Education officials have run up a £10m bill for the taxpayer from first-class rail travel over the last three years. Civil servants bought an estimated 60,000 first-class tickets between 2006 and 2009. The scale of the spending – equivalent to just over 300 teachers' salaries or four new primary schools – provoked anger among opposition MPs and parents' leaders.
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