My Contribution to Global Warming

#1
Apart from the large amounts of methane that regularly emit from my posterior, my contribution to global warming is my car. I tend to drive it everywhere...

Which leads on to my rant:

[rant] In an effort to be environmentally friendly (new years resolution bo**ocks) I decided that I'd get the train to London this coming weekend. Only to find that it'll cost me and my mate about £85 for the pleasure of getting a train that will be inevitably delayed! So we are now driving down. It's going to cost about £30-40 in petrol and parking. Bargain! The point of this is to ask why the bloody hell are the train companies able to get away with astronomical prices for a shite service? Every year they increase the cost of train travel "in order to improve service" but nothing ever seems to happen. Take a look at the latest virgin trains ads. I wonder how much they cost to produce? Why not spend the money on improving their diabolical cross-country service? I could probably fly to another country for less than it would cost me to get to London! [/rant]

Well thats off my chest.
 
#2
Your totally justified and well informed rant renders this forum incapable of an intelligent or sarcastic retort!!
 
#3
So how far does 85poundsget 2people on the train?
 
#4
BRUCE said:
So how far does 85poundsget 2people on the train?
About 70 miles.

So roughly works out at £1.14/mile by train

or

£0.57/mile by car.

Well done government and train companies, what a way to encourage people to use public transport!
 
#5
Your joking?
And who runs it Virgin?
 
#6
BRUCE said:
Your joking?
And who runs it Virgin?
If I was joking, I'd be getting the train this weekend...

Nope, it's not Virgin, but it might as well be.

Now if it was a Virgin running the service, I might be inclined to have a one-on-one 'discussion' about the quality of service...
 
#7
Train times:

Luton - London (39 miles) 35 minutes (66mph) - quite good

Lowestoft - London (130 miles) 2 hr 34min (51mph) - respectable

Luton - Lowestoft (122miles) 3 hr 42 min (33mph) - hmmmph

Still, it's better than the bus, Luton - Lowestoft (122miles) - 6hrs 20 min (19mph)

Should take about two and a half hours by car.
 
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#8
Hmmmm - can you book ahead via the train operators website? I'm off to York in a fortnight from London - I was looking at the fares yesterday on the GNER website and the cheapest I could do it was £19 return - bargin! In the end I took advantage of the first class offers so I could lord it up a bit, ogggle the hostess and get endless free brews (£59 return). The GNER "turn up and go" fares were bordering on steep to say the least.
 

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