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Brad and Angelina Hire Whole Train

Virgin Rail Group TrainAlthough Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have mixed in with the general public while shopping or at the theatre, they seem to have thought ill of the idea for their recent five-hour journey to Scotland. The couple was seen with their six children arriving at Euston station this week, where they had an entire train waiting just for them. Instead of simply hiring a first-class carriage, they decided to charter the whole train.

The Pitt and Jolie family was carried to the station in a large black van and surrounded by bodyguards and entourage members – a total of about 30 people. They then boarded their chartered Virgin train and settled in for the trip to Glasgow, where Pitt is preparing to shoot scenes for World War Z, the newest film he is working on. The city centre is being turned into Philadelphia for the movie. The film crew has put yellow traffic lights up, while white police cars and yellow taxis have been brought in to resemble the US city.

When the family and their entourage arrived in Glasgow around 2:30pm, silver cars with tinted glass were permitted onto the platform to carry them away from the waiting crowd of fans. Glasgow City Council said the making of the film will involve nearly 1,200 people and bring more than £2 million to the local economy.

A Virgin Trains spokeswoman confirmed to reporters that Pitt and Jolie chartered the train for their Glasgow trip. However, she didn’t say how much they paid for it – only that every client is charged based on their individual needs. Clients have different needs in regard to catering and station requirements, she added.

Ironically enough, the same day that the couple decided to ride on their own personal train commuters protested at the Waterloo station in London over the looming 8% increase in rail fares. This comes as the government has decided to change how regulated fares are calculated. Instead of using the retail price index (RPI) plus 1%, they will use RPI plus 3%. The decision to change the rail fare formula was made to reduce the burden of rail costs on taxpayers by transferring it to passengers, while still allowing for continued investment.

Since RPI is expected to be 5.1% for July this year, ticket prices are due to increase 8.1% on regulated fares. However, the government has also brought back ‘flex fares,’ which will allow train operators to increase their prices 5% on non-government set tickets. This will result in some fares rising 13% or more. The change will come into effect at the turn of the year and last for three years, and it’s been estimated that prices will jump about 30% by 2014 at this rate.

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