At the same time as the ES doubled its production and removed its price tag, so too was a decision taken by the paper to no longer supply free copies to inter-city train operators, such as Virgin West Coast and National Express East Coast. Thus those who were used to picking up a free copy in their carriage prior to finding a seat, now have to stop off at the local newsagent to grab their copy first.
Try and remove the thoughts you may now be having such as: "poor first-class passengers, having to queue up with the 'little people' in WH Smith to take their free copy of the ES" and consider the irony of an increased daily print run of over half a million copies that are found on substantially fewer trains than ever before. Very weird. (GL)