<RANT>This email just arrived in my inbox, and it riled me!
The sky-high cost of ‘public’ transport in South Yorkshire is something that really annoys me.
And it’s not really public is it? It’s run by companies; that have shareholders; for profit…
Anyway, we’re quite fortunate in that my dad gifted me his old car – a Skoda Octavia 1.9TDI that can easily do 60mpg even though it has done the equivalent of 9 times round the Earth! (And I’m talking the fat circumference, where it’s sunny)
So, this weekly Travelmaster ticket is £23.20 per week for travel by bus, rail, tram throughout South Yorkshire and a couple of bits of North East Derbyshire. For 50 weeks, this amounts to £1160.
I estimated my weekly mileage to be 40 miles in their online “costalotless.com game”:
Putting it into perspective; for cost of the weekly ticket I could drive over 250 miles. ANYWHERE.
My insurance is £290
The tax is £125
That leaves £745 for fuel and maintenance. And parking if needs be.
If you look in the Autotrader, you can buy cars for just a few hundred notes which would still leave cash for fuel.
So, if running a car is expensive, then this makes public transport f’ing ridiculous!!