Ben is a lifelong Nintendo fan who likes to build websites, and make video games. He buys way too much Lego.
Now that they’ve priced us off the roads by charging Â£5 to enter London in a car (soon to be Â£8) the railway companies have decided that the best thing to do is add a ‘congestion charge’ for trains.
The whole point of congestion charges was to get people off the roads and onto public transport. Part of the congestion charges was supposed to be spent improving public transport (including trains) and now we’re expected to pay extra for an underperforming service that we already pay for. Why on earth would we want to pay more for the privilege of sitting (if you’re lucky… standing is more common) next to sweaty business men? The reason is simple; there is no other choice! Unless I can convince my boss to let me work from home (I guess one bonus is I won’t have to listen to his music) I’m going to have to spend even more of my wages each month on getting to work.
A few other views on this wonderful subject can be seen around the global interweb.
- Londonist : A Congestion Charge For Trains? Have The Railway Companies Gone Completely F***ing Mental? – This one says everything I Want to say in a pretty clear way.
- Times Online : Should rail commuters pay congestion charges?
- Telegraph : Your view: Rail congestion charges – The opinions of other Londoners. I don’t think people are too happy, I’m know I’m not!
NOTE : The ‘Great!’ in the title is a sarcastic Great as in, ‘NOT Great!’ – just thought I would clear that up in case someone thinks I like the idea of paying MORE money for a crap service that, given a choice, I would never use anyway.
Ok – rant over. Normal service will resume shortly.