Is it me or are transport costs continuing to spiral. Is there an almost pathological avoidance by the government here in the UK to avoid having a coordinated, coherent and fair transport policy?
Train fares have just been seen to rise between 6 and 11% creating more misery for commuters and making it a less attractive option for leisure outings. Add on to this the relentless rise of petrol prices and it seems like a downward spiral.
Its pie in the sky I know but I would just like a fairly priced, well coordinated travel infrastructure in this country that benefited commuters and leisure travellers equally. Some have proposed the renationalisation of the rail network and although virtually impossible it has a certain attraction. Train fares, probably more than petrol prices, epitomise the terrible state of affairs in the UK for travel options. How can a train fare be more than a flight for the same distance? I recently priced up Bristol to Edinburgh for a business trip and was staggered to discover that the actual train fare was 4 times that of the flight.
Ok this post is most of a rant than a coordinated bit of writing about travel costs. I am someone who travels 400miles a week commuting (no petrol allowance and no company car) and I would like to blow off a bit of steam by travelling to some mountains for time-out without it costing a fortune.
Ok, rant over. Well almost. If you want to come to Wales, it will now cost you £6 to cross the Severn Bridge.
Happy New Year Mr Osbourne