Booked a day ahead I managed to snare a first class advance tkt costing £49 one-way. That’s a huge saving on the normal first class price and cheaper than flying BA on this route.
I shun taxis (would rather drive myself) so will proceed home by train and bus.
It’s on off-peak train so lightly loaded in first.
I was expecting the onboard service to be fairly basic (judging from regular trips using EMT from St Pancras) so am surprised by how professional the onboard staff are on this train.