Rail fare – ouch!
My cycle commute is 6 miles along the canal but the towpath it’s one long puddle in winter so not very pleasant. It’s about 7 miles by car as it’s slightly twistier and goes over a big hill rather than round it like the canal does.
Or I can walk one mile to the station, take a ten minute journey on the train to the third station along, then walk five minutes to work. That costs me £4.10 now – it was £3.20 when I started in this job two and a half years ago.Posted 4 years ago
only once a week chewie.
It sounds a lot but it’s quite relaxing.
I get a lateish train (7:41) gets me in at around 10ish. Plenty of seats. Grab a bacon & egg omelette from the buffet. I bring my own coffee. Watch some TV, maybe do some work, browse STW. Then I get an evening train home and get home around 9-10ish.
Doing that once a week means Im at home the other 6 days. It’s a trade-off Im happy with.Posted 4 years ago
Mrs got the bus to derby before Christmas with the 11 year old. Cost eleven quid for an 8/9 mile journey. Utter rip off!
Comisserations to your wife on having to go into Derby.
But £11 doesn’t sound right, I got the bus in from Ticknall and it was only about £3 (£2.70 rings a bell, but it was weeks ago so probably incorect), and kids are half price. It’d be £2.70 in petrol for the same car journey, and still have to pay for parking on top!Posted 4 years agobent udderMember
£2,088 yesterday to renew my annual card from Dorking to Wimbledon – I ride from Wimbledon into Hammersmith, as it’s quicker by at least 15 minutes each way, and about a grand cheaper not having a Tube season ticket.
I was driving in the job before this. Diesel costs were at least as much before I factored in wear and tear on the car. Now I use the train, we’ve gone down to one car.
From my perspective, it’s cheaper than driving, and I get about an hour on the bike each day as a little bonus. Am I getting value for money from the rail company? Well, both rail companies that go through my station have added extra carriages, but it’s still packed in the mornings, and I’ve yet to see a Southern service come in remotely on time if I change at Epsom in the evenings.Posted 4 years agomudsharkMember
I’m in Bookham so take mostly the same route as you but have to get to Kings Cross at the moment – do get the tube as don’t fancy riding it.
BTW, I do like the way they’ve extended the platforms though hadn’t noticed longer trains. Also think the new foot bridge at Stoneleigh (I think) is a nice bit of prefab engineering.Posted 4 years agophiiiiilSubscriber
Sometimes I get two trains home; I used to buy two separate tickets as it was significantly cheaper than both legs on one ticket.
Now though each individual leg has gone up but the combined ticket has dropped massively so is now much cheaper!
I’ve given up attempting to find logic in train fares.Posted 4 years agobinnersSubscriber
When this story is trotted out every year, the more cynical would sigh knowingly, and suggest that is is just more of the endless narcissisistic self-absorption for people who don’t believe life exists outside the M25, and their tedious echo-chamber – a self-obsessed media who all live just outside London and work in central London?
But I don’t think that at all. I think its the price well worth paying – one of many, admittedly – for the honour and privilege to live and work in the very epicentre of the universe itself. The absolute pinnacle of civilisation. birthplace of modern culture. Where the streets are literally paved with gold
The rest of us are just, like, soooooooooooo jealous 😆Posted 4 years agoPemboMember
Runcorn to London now £301 return at peak times! I must rack up about £8k per year on that trip and some people do it at least once a week. I claim it back on expenses but it still has to be passed on to our customers, who then pass it on to their customers – that’s you and me.Posted 4 years agobrakesMember
When this story is trotted out every year…
you trot out a similarly banal response. in fact the same hackneyed response that gets thrown at many a thread about London. and one of only a few in your previously funny but increasingly bitter and dull parochial repertoire.Posted 4 years ago
there, I said it.
I agree with Binners. It’s a very London centric story.
However it was £200+ return from Derby to Reading at peak times over Christmas! Off peak was marginaly more paletable at £70. Genuinely flaberghasted that they can cram that many people onto a train at £200 a head and not make a profit.Posted 4 years agobent udderMember
Mudshark – I’m sure I’ve seen you out on the trails, so hello *waves*. The longer trains were just before Christmas – but they’re not in evidence now.
Happy rider – yes, it’s Ben. Who you?
Oh, and with the London-centric thing. Yeah, I know. If I had a choice of awesome jobs outside London and could move my young family, I’d be there like a shot. Unfortunately, the business I am in is London-centric for the work I currently do. If I want to get ahead, and not work in some strange places (and I’ve worked in several bits of the UK and around the rest of the place that are properly 😯 ) then I’m stuffed.Posted 4 years agojulianwilsonMember
The trouble round here is the peak fares. Off-peak is still suprisingly ok in the south west (price per mile, compared to our recent experiences on network southeast). In fact in the summer when the traffic is silly, Cornwall on the train (and the train still goes to pretty much every remotely good-sized town barring padstein, wadebridge, helston and launceston) then the train is way cheaper for one person than the fuel in your car and cos of all the emmets on the roads, usually faster too. Devon is another story though. Terribly poorly served by trains imho.
OT, but my favourite recent discovery is the Stagecoach ‘explorer’ bus ticket where you get to go all over Devon on stagecoach buses (long/rural and exeter/torbay urban routes alike) for £7.50 a day or £22 a week. As such it is longer in time than the train, but ludicrously cheap per mile and with no peak/off-peak times at all. What does even a zone 1/2 day or weekly travelcard cost on TFL these days?
As such this week I have done plymouth to exeter uni return (4 buses and 95 miles all in) for a third what it would cost on the train for the times i needed to travel, and not including £3.50 for buses to and from plymouth railway station in the first place.Posted 4 years ago
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