The Great British public transport system. love it or loath it, it’s always there and always will be.
The best thing you can say about public transport is that sometimes it runs on time. Most of the time you can guarantee that it will be running late and will be so over crowded battery farmers would balk at the idea of packing their animals that tight.
That’s if it’s not been cancelled and no ones bothered to let you know.
I personally hate traveling by public transport. Is expensive and rubbish. But, for all that it’s still cheaper for your average person on a low wage then running a car.
But, for how much longer?
Train prices raise at an alarming rate, often with very little or no warning. The number of times i caught a train and been told the price has gone up and I didn’t know.
I know in some places you have to buy the train tickets before you board the train, but how the hell can you do that when there isn’t a ticket office on the platform laughing called your local station? Northern rail often hasn’t cared in the past. the conductor will just sell you a ticket when he gets to your seat.
but, i’ve recently been told that all that is due to change with the company soon to be hiring enforcers on the trains. people to make sure that you have a ticket before you get on the train.
I asked how this would affect me since there’s nowhere to buy a ticket where I get the train, and all the conductor could say to me was “I dont know. i guess i’ll find out when you do.”
what sort of answer is this to a real concern of a consumer? when looking on the website it doesn’t mention this only that it is “illegal to board a train without a valid ticket”.
It’s the same with buses. You go on a website to find which bus service you need to get and all it will tell you is the name of the stop, not where the stop is in relation to anything you can use as a point of reference. often when you type in where you want to go and where from the site freezes or tells you it doesn’t recognise the locations you’ve entered.
I know that there’s those of you reading this who would say stop moaning and just get a car. that’s easy to say when you can afford it. even if it means that you have to cut back on most things to keep the car running.
for someone like me a single, unemployed person under the age of twenty-five it’s just too expensive to even think of running a car.
even before I was made redundant from my part-time supervisors job for a bust clothes store I couldn’t afford to drive, and had to rely on public transport to get me to work on time. now I find myself without a job and trying to apply for jobs hoping that it’s somewhere I can get to using public transport. I’ve seen plenty of jobs i could do but it says in the description “must have use of own transport”.
I know plenty of people my age who are in the same boat. competing with older more experienced people for jobs and not being able to apply for jobs as they rely on public transport.
you hear green lobbist’s and such like saying that everyone should give up their cars and use public transport instead. whilst I agree that people shouldnt use their cars to nip to the local shops I think its near impossible to expect everyone to give up their cars to get to work.
for people to willingly give up their cars public transport needs to cover more areas where people live and work, be cheaper and run on time.
it’s a disgrace when you compare our transport system to that of the japanese where legend has it that if the transport is running late by more than a few seconds the transport company will give you a slip to pass on to your boss, doctor, etc to explain why your late.
now i’m not saying that our transport should be as considerate as that, but surely if a country where a hell of a lot more people use public transport on a regular basis can get it running on time why the hell can’t we?
there’s always some excuse when you ask that question. there’s leaves on the track, or you can’t always account for the amount of traffic on the roads at any given time.
often the companies that are giving these excuses are the same ones that have been running the service for years if not decades. surely in that amount of time the company’s have been able to work out how bad the traffic is likely to be during the rush hour, or even be able to get the machine out they use to keep the tracks clear so it doesn’t affect those travelling.
in the 13 years I’ve been using public transport to get to school, work,etc i’ve noticed that it’s become even more unreliable and the price rises have always been much higher than inflation. in a way I feel like the type of person I used to take the micky out of when I first started using public transport, talking about how i remember the time the price of the journey was less than half the price it is now. when those people where talking like that i think they were mostly talking price rises over decades not a handful of years like i’m talking about in my young age.
from what i gather talking to people the things i have written about have mostly always been the case with public transport since it was privatized and will always be the case unless there is a radical over haul of the system.