Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Travel in the UK- an expensive joke

Here's an excellent Thunderer from today's Times by Michael Binyon on the disastrous state of British public transport. The only thing wrong with the piece is the heading- at £3 for a single ticket on the London underground (as opposed to £1 on the ultra-reliable Paris metro), the joke played on Britain's long suffering commuters is anything but a cheap one.
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,6-2453585,00.html

3 comments:

RobBBB said...
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Neil Clark said...

Massive subsidies? Well that's what the taxpayer is paying to private rail and bus companies at the momment- in the case of the railways, the private companies are getting four times more of our money than British Rail did!
But it's not just about money, it's also about changing the culture of public transport and instilling a sense of pride in the
system. I agree with Binyon that the British are too easy-going when it comes to waiting for trains that never arrive, or buses that turn up very late. We need to complain more and refuse to put up with such a second-rate, but very expensive service. Do you think that New Yorkers or Parisians for example would accept having to pay £3 for a single ticket on their underground system?

Neil Clark said...

and yes, I know it's spelt moment- and not momment......