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by | 9th, June 2005

‘SLEEPER trains have never been more popular.

‘Wake me up when we get to Oxford Street’

Every day thousands upon thousands of Britons choose to travel by a sleeper train as they go to work. See them slumber aboard the 6:15 Reading to Newbury flyer.

Stifle a yawn as you cast an eye over the dozing travellers, hanging like bats from strap handles aboard the London Tube, a train barely moving between dimly lit tunnels.

But things may be about to change.

The Times says that plans are afoot to reduce the £6.5 billion annual railways subsidy and the sleeper services are the first in line to go.

You see, sleepers don’t make money. For

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