Not being able to drive has put me in the awkward position of having to use public transport. I don’t mind the bus and I’m sure I could handle the tram but I absolutely despise the train.
Every week I pay £86 for the privelege to wait in the rain and turn up for work late. To get in on time I have to fold myself up and squeeze into spaces that would cause a contortionist problems.
Putting it at its simplest, trains in the UK are scandalously overpriced and dangerously overcrowded. And they’re never on time.
Ruth Kelly has said the government are willing to pledge millions to improve the service by 2030. 2030? It’s a damning indictment of the state of the railways if it will take more than twenty years to fix.
A good start would be to make trains cheaper. Maybe the franchises should be charged less or the government should subsidise it, either way it should cost less for the current state it is in.
Somehow they need to adress the problem of overcrowding. On the tube, where there is no standard of human conduct, people faint becasue they are packed in so tight.
There are no easy answers, all I know is that the service needs immediate improvement.
Maybe we, the rail passengers, should start a union. Lets make placards, chant catchy slogans and refuse to pay our fares.
Or maybe I’ll just call the BSM.