£10,000 ticket quote for 64-mile train journey blamed on 'IT glitch'

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A technical glitch has been blamed after first class train tickets between two towns 64 miles apart were reportedly being sold for £10,000.

The price is said to have been quoted for a ticket between Taunton, Somerset, and Trowbridge, Wiltshire, to travel on June 20 - £9,987.30 more expensive than the standard class fare.

The journey would cost around £156 a minute for the trip which includes a change at Westbury.

Screenshots of the error have been shared widely on social media - with one Twitter user saying the sky-high price would be considered normal in the capital.

User Daravel_Fox said: "£10,000 first class railway ticket. Sounds like standard prices for via London trains."

While Ryan Laird tweeted: "I knew UK train prices were bad at times but £10,000 for a train ticket?"

Another user, SomersetSunshin, said: "£10,000.00 for a 1st class return ticket from Taunton to Trowbridge on your website, is that a joke glitch?"

A Great Western Railway spokesman told the Wiltshire Times: "We are aware of an IT glitch which has published fares for a first class journey that does not exist.

"We are working to remedy this as soon as possible.

"Anytime single fares between Taunton and Trowbridge are available from £12.70."