January 29, 2007

Public Transport

Public Transport is a little bit expensive.

Last week I went for a job interview in Hatfield, that’s just north of London. Initially I thought to get a train because I don’t have much experience driving long distances.

It would have cost me £75 to buy the train tickets at the station, plus another couple of quid to get a bus from Hatfield station to the business park.

If i’d booked tickets in advance it would have been £35. Somewhat better.

In the end I drove, I filled the tank immediately before and after the journey (i’d actually driven the 1/2 mile to and from ASDA once before refilling, so knock 50p off or something). It cost me £17.

The journey each way also took an hour and a half as opposed to 3 hours.

I would love to be environmentally friendly and use public transport, but quite frankly I can’t afford it.

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  1. Lee Davis

    You have of course omitted to consider the cost of wear and tear on the car (plus tax and insurance, though obviously these are fixed costs of owning a car rather than directly related to the journey)
    Unfortunately it has long been the case that driving is considerably more convenient, quicker and often cheaper than public transport for many journeys, even if you have to hire a car for some of the longer ones.

    29 Jan 2007, 18:44

  2. No omission made, i’m borrowing the car :p

    29 Jan 2007, 18:56

  3. John

    how did the interview go?

    29 Jan 2007, 19:35

  4. Was the £75/£35 for train all the way?

    I expect train to Watford and then bus to Hatfield would have been cheaper.
    There’s an hourly bus service between Watford & Hatfield.

    The SE region travelline website gives 124 minutes for a journey from Coventry Railway Station to Hatfield (Herts), Queensway Market Place.

    Note that the public transport information accessed via the national travelline portal is arranged on a regional basis – and each region assumes that the only public transport outside its own region is the railways. So if you go to the West Midlands website it only shows journeys via Euston – longer (time & distance) and probably more expensive.

    29 Jan 2007, 19:43

  5. Doesn’t the company refund you travel expenses?

    29 Jan 2007, 21:43

  6. I currently commute at a cost of £90 per week for a weekly pass + £13 a week for the station car park. I have to drive from Coventry to Leamington as Virgin currently only ‘set down’ not pick up @ Coventry on the 6.28 train. How silly can it get i’m 5 mins walk from Cov station. Extra expense parking + wear & tear + petrol. Petrol would be about £80 for a 4 day commute. Diesel would be around £65. Train with changes takes considerably longer. If on time less stress. Currently this is rare!

    Going eco is hard work on top of work!

    04 Feb 2007, 17:32

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