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In the UK, railheading refers to the practice of travelling further than necessary to reach a rail service, typically by car. The phenomenon is common among commuters seeking a more convenient journey. Reasons for railheading include but are not limited to:

  • Discounted fares may be available on another part of the route, but not from their local station - passengers may drive further to benefit from the discount.[1]
  • Where the local station is served less frequently, passengers may drive to a station with a more frequent service. This is often the case on branch lines or at stations where most trains pass through rather than stop.


  1. ^ "Report to the Executive for Decision" (PDF). Fareham BC. 4 November 2002. pp. 3–4.

External links[edit]

  • The dictionary definition of railhead at Wiktionary