An MP is refusing to use rail services between London and the West Midlands because they are so unreliable.
Peter Luff now drives between his Mid Worcestershire constituency and London.
He said he had no choice because trains run by First Great Western, which links the capital with Oxford, Worcester and Hereford, were so often delayed or cancelled - or failed to reach their destination.
Mr Luff (Con) once found himself stranded as he attempted to return home to Worcester from the Commons, when passengers were told to get off at Oxford, where the service abruptly ended.
Last night the MP welcomed hints from the Government that First Great Western's franchise could be at risk.
Alistair Darling, the Chancellor, warned that passengers were entitled to expect a better service.
And he added: "I know that the Transport Secretary is very focused on this."
A spokesman for the rail company insisted it was investing hundreds of millions of pounds to improve services. But he admitted: "We realise our customers want to see sustained improvements across our network."