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Ouch - Transport Price Rises!

Shit, transport in London is becoming bloody expensive (ok, it was already bloody expensive before today!).

I caught a bus to work this mroning as I was running a bit late (I usually walk - the cheaper and healthier option).

A single bus journey is now £1.50!!! I'm dreading to find out how much the tube is next time I need to use it.

Even though I don't use public transport all that much I think I'm going to have to invest in an Oyster card to keep the costs down.

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meganintheuk
Jan. 3rd, 2006 10:28 am (UTC)
If I was staying in the area I was going to think about that. I wonder how much it is from Reading now... I have friends over soon and we were going to crash here but if train costs are too high it might just be cheaper to look for a nasty little B&B for a few days for him.
cookwitch
Jan. 3rd, 2006 10:28 am (UTC)
Awful isn't it? All the people on my bus this morning who didn't have travelcards were horrified at how much it had gone up.
kit_hartford
Jan. 3rd, 2006 10:42 am (UTC)
Aye, I was somewhat shocked - my travelcard expired over the holidays and living some way from an open venue where I could renew it, I had to pay this 25% increase to get as far as somewhere I could pay for a ticket for the rest of the day. (And here was me thinking the 8-odd percent increace in rail fairs was bad ...)

miramanga
Jan. 3rd, 2006 10:45 am (UTC)
We're being priced out of London for the fucking Olympics. I hate Ken Livingston and TfL
tooth_fairy
Jan. 3rd, 2006 10:46 am (UTC)
Public transport in general is way too expensive.

I ust booked a train ticket to Plymouth, even though I've booked over 2 weeks in advance the cheapest I could get was £106

I feel faint
oldson
Jan. 3rd, 2006 10:48 am (UTC)
Book singles, it's the only way to get the price down, single there, single back, you may have to travel at ungodly hours, but you'll get there a damn sight cheaper :)
tooth_fairy
Jan. 3rd, 2006 10:49 am (UTC)
I looked at the singles, the best I could get was £80 :(

unfortunately I am restricted as to when I can travel, which does not help one bit
oldson
Jan. 3rd, 2006 01:03 pm (UTC)
Which is, of course, how they make their money, if you're able to travel when no sane wombat would be doing, then no worries, you get the billy no mates train, which you can merrily sprawl across four seats and the table if you like, if not, you have to settle for standing room only on the cattle class......
oldson
Jan. 3rd, 2006 10:47 am (UTC)
Ha, I'm in yorkshire, and hte bus yourneys here cost £1.45 off peak, you don't want to know what it goes up to at peak times. It's actually cheaper if there's three of you to take a taxi to town.........

All for improvements, and if the improvement is that we all learn to drive and destroy the public network, so be it.....
suewilson
Jan. 3rd, 2006 07:06 pm (UTC)
Only tip I can give is borrow some one elses child and get a family rail card.

We got one on a recent trip to london when we discovered it was cheeper to get the rail card and 2 apex singles each than 3 returns...

Three of us (2 adults one child) went for derby to birmingham cheep day return for £12 total today - plus discounted entry to ThinkTank which ammounted to free entry to the IMAX cinema

thessalian
Jan. 3rd, 2006 10:53 am (UTC)
Yet more price rises for no noticeable improvement in service. They added a car to all the Jubilee line trains last week but so far they've done squat all about the constant signal failures at Finchley Central. I wouldn't mind paying somewhat over the odds for a system that actually worked, but...
jonnynexus
Jan. 3rd, 2006 11:28 am (UTC)
The only thing I would say is that rightly or wrongly, the *entire* point of these price rises is to stop people paying cash and make them buy Oyster cards instead (the prices on Oyster have apparently gone down - so that it should now be about twice as expensive to pay cash compared with Oyster pay as you go).

Oyster is (leaving aside privacy issues) pretty easy to get into: it costs two quid to get a pay-as-you-go version, requires no documentation, takes about a minute, anyone can get one, and it will never cost you more than the equivalent daily travelcard would cost you, because daily costs are capped at that level (actually a bit less then the cash one).

i.e. If you take loads of pay-as-you-go journeys in one day, and are then thinking, "Shit! It would have been cheaper to buy a one-day travelcard!" you don't need to worry because you cost for the day will be capped at a little below the cost of a one-day travelcard.

Thus ends the commercial. :)
a0s7967
Jan. 3rd, 2006 11:57 am (UTC)
One of the problems is if you have an annual season ticket which is not an oyster (because SW Trains don't issue them) and you want to travel out of your zones you have to buy a cash extension ticket. Because oyster has to be touched in and out it can't be used for extensions unless you break your journey at the point at where your season ticket kicks in.
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jonnynexus
Jan. 3rd, 2006 12:29 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm going to switch from my current 1-4 Oyster travelcard to pay-as-you-go, because - given that I generally only make ten tube journeys a week, to and from work - it should actually work out quite a bit cheaper.

(Yes, I do make other journeys, but these will probably be balanced out by the journeys that I don't make - but currently pay for - on days off).
kostika
Jan. 3rd, 2006 12:14 pm (UTC)
Yep, and the train prices have gone up too. That's the third time in the last 18 months. At this rate it'll be cheaper for me to buy a car and drive to basingstoke than it will be for me to take the train.
satyrica
Jan. 3rd, 2006 12:32 pm (UTC)
yeah, I succumbed to Oyster with much gnashing of teeth . . .
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