Tuesday, January 20, 2004

London's transport price rises

Public transport in London just keeps on getting expensive. Tube fares in London have shot up in central London by 25 percent, bus fares outside central London have gone up over 40 percent. Basically, public transport is incapable of paying its own way, which has led to a massive budget deficit in London. However, the mayor's policies, particularly the congestion charge, have been pretty anti-car. But at least with a car, you get to sit your own space, listen to music etc, rather than being forced to stand for long periods or sitting uncomfortably in a seat made for a 1950s sized bottom. And that's when the system actually works, something that happens less and less frequently.

No wonder people are prepared to pay more for this added luxury and convenience of private transport. But that screws up the idea of cutting greenhouse gases rather, doesn't it? Or perhaps we're supposed to just grin and bear it.

Guardian Unlimited Politics | Special Reports | Backlash at 2 fare for one-stop tube journey


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