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Why the car is better than the bus

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Recently I attempted to travel into work using public transport, not as a moral stand against gas guzzling cars (my little 1.1l  Citroen could hardly be called a gas guzzler however!) but because I had an all expenses paid company function that evening and I didnt want to leave my car in the office car park overnight.

... if that bus had stopped instead of sailing past

I consulted the bus timetable, selected a suitable departure time (7.22) and looked forward to letting the bus driver cope with the stress and strain of my 20 mile drive into work for a change.  I arrived at the bus stop at 7.15, in plenty of time to catch the 7.22 I thought, well it would have been had the 7.22 actually turned up. No matter, there was another bus scheduled for 7.34, I could get on that one and still be at work on time, or I could have been if that bus had stopped instead of sailing past the stop completely empty!!!  O.K. then there was always the 7.42, I would be a bit late but nothing too much to worry about. At 7.38 two buses arrived at the stop, I got on the front bus, paid my 2.30 fare and sat down. At this point the driver of the bus behind pulled up beside my bus and after chatting with my driver it was decided that the second bus would leave straight away and my bus would wait 10 minutes or so.  No one on my bus was given the option to move onto the other bus.

Going to work by bus instead of the car At 7.48ish my bus started its leisurely trip around the local neighbourhoods picking up passengers.  The delay in departure meant that the bus hit the main road out of town at peak time and the newly installed traffic lights on the A34/M40 junction served only to delay my progress even further.  The one and only high point of the trip were the bus lanes that enabled my bus to sail past the queues of cars making their way into town.

My journey was then fairly trouble free but for the bus having to pick up several English language students who (a) didnt know where they had to get off; (b) seemed confused by English currency; (c) had travel cards that they didnt know how to use. I arrived in town at 8.45, half an hour late for work already and then waited 15 minutes for a connecting bus that got me to work at 9.15.  So a 20 mile trip took me 2 hours, I could have got into London in less time!

I for one will not be swapping my un-environmentally friendly car for public transport until it becomes cheaper and more reliable.  I arrived at work more stressed than if I had driven myself in.


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hairyfairy

hairyfairy

You should try living round my way ( London E10) the bus drivers around here are surly, foul mouthed, & lazy. Many times Iv`e gotten on a bus to a certain destination, only to find that the driver decides that he doesn`t fancy going all the way, 7 stops his bus, & just sits in the cab drinking tea or have a sandwich. If only I could afford to run a car!
hairyfairy
5th Apr 14 08:04

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Mark

Mark

Because buses always run late and are full of low life scumbags.
Mark
20th Jun 13 10:06

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hairyfairy

hairyfairy

I tend to walk everywhere, or take the tube if the journey`s too far to walk. Buses are infrequent in my area, & the drivers are grouchy & bad tempered, then there`s screaming kids & the odd drunk or mentall patient creating havoc. I wish that I could afford to run a car.
hairyfairy
14th Oct 12 05:10

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Westone Babe

Westone Babe

The cost for two of us to travel by bus into town & back - £4.80 To travel by car 50p + £1.80 to park for a few hours. Can carry all our shopping in the car, it's clean and it's comfortable. We have to walk 1/2 mile to bus stop, bus is crammed full, dirty and smelly - as are some passengers. We can go and vist my parents by car at a cost of about £15 and it would take 1.5 hours. To go by bus, it would involve 4 changes each way (4 hours) and an overnight stay somewhere - and it would cost at least double the car cost. There's no logic to using public transport.
Westone Babe
19th Jan 11 01:01

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Chris80

Chris80

I know exactly what you mean, if I take the 10 mile journey from work to home in the evening on the bus it's approx an hour and a half, if I get the motorbike out I can do the same journey in 25 mins. Public transport has got a long way to go before you'll find me using it for something I depend up like getting to and from work.
Chris80
22nd Nov 10 01:11

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ajp

ajp

I cannot get across my city to work on public transport - not without being REALLY late for work which would cost me my job.

One reason why I eventually learned to drive at the age of 40 - I had always avoided it as unnecessary until I considered changing jobs.
ajp
30th Oct 10 09:10

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Frustrated

Frustrated

Tony in Bicester, have you ever asked the company if you can travel for less? Firstly, buses just after midnight count as the previous day in most places, so a day return would still be valid. Secondly, a weekly pass is always cheaper than five days worth of singles or day returns - I bet you could knock at least a third, if not a half off what you are paying.
Frustrated
13th Oct 10 11:10

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Parker

Parker

From many a bad experience on buses and trains (mainly the buses not turning up and having to wait around in the cold and wet for the next one), I think I'm getting to the point where I'm becoming completely against public transport!
My car has always been and always will be my favourite means of transport.
Maybe when they clean up public transport, make it more reliable, cheaper and collect me door to door like my car, I'll reconsider!
Parker
1st Sep 10 01:09

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Chris.

Chris.

Bus drivers, try to convince the passengers that you're late because of traffic by keeping your voice low when you pull up next to another colleague and exchange several 5 minute jokes.
Chris.
31st May 10 04:05

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you are pumped

you are pumped

right who's been late for work recently........oh theres Joe, we can drop him in the streamlining exercise......I know hes a good worker but somebodys got to go and you cant get rid of the others they're my pub buddies.......right joe no driving licence youre pumped....you have hit the bin.....youre in the trash.....just make friday your last day.....no hard feelings buddy....just the economy...am sure you will find something (wish I'd bought a car)
you are pumped
6th May 10 04:05

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Congo

Congo

'Walker' said:

" ''nugget'' you forgot one item off the list. When the bus is late which it will be about twice a week in my area I lose money through missing work which is average 1 hour late. In my area the average hourly rate is £8 so let’s recalculate

Twice a week = 104 days a year
So 104 hours = 832 "

I must say my dear Sir, I am most impresed that you actually work 52 weeks a year.
Congo
12th Mar 10 11:03

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MikeP

MikeP

"Why do you not have a car- get with the times."

What a shallow and thoughtless attitude, and what a pointless and negative comment.

There are many reasons why people don't have a car, or simply choose not to drive. There are people who can't drive for various reasons - not necessarily their fault. There are others who feel that in the interest of the environment and community they prefer not to use a car, and there are people who cannot afford to run a car.

Next time you post something, at least try to validate your point.
MikeP
12th Mar 10 09:03

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rpmay!

rpmay!

Why do you not have a car- get with the times.

Don't be a 'bus wenker' as they say in the Inbetweeners :)
rpmay!
12th Mar 10 08:03

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are the busses good then eh?

are the busses good then eh?

Tell me the buses are good when you dont get a job from an interview because you told them you dont have your own car, or you are late for an appointment for business and the other party tells you that you have given all the reason they need because how dare you be 8 minutes late, they are leaving the meeting room now.
Tell me that buses are good when they cancel the service or the last one goes past you at 5 to 10 at night packed too full to stop for more passengers, leaving you maybe 90 miles from home in the freezing cold and rain in a strange place with next to no street lighting and all the nearby amenities and businesses closed, and is it good when you are on a bus and end up with an overweight smelly drunk person leaning against you drooling and dribbling on route to the next town/city as they are barred from all the pubs in the last place?

I have been on a 3 hour bus journey before with a crazed man of about 50 years of age growling at me and standing up from the seat behing me holding my seat with both hands and violently and quickly pushing and pulling at it as if to try to pull it off the floor, every time I turned round to look he would rest his chin on the headrest and growl like a dog whilst dribbling like an infant over it.
The other passengers kept turning round and looking at me as though it was me and a male passenger looking increasingly angry that his wife was frightened turned round and threatened to pull me off the bus and " effing burst me" to which I had to put him in his place before informing him of the culprit and moving to the first seat that came empty right at the front of the bus, which was unfortunately only at the last 10 minutes of the journey. When I got down there I could still hear him growling near the back of the bus...is this what makes busses good then? I later found out that he was in the nearest city seeing a psychiatric consultant for a day and that he had always been like that (care in community)
are the busses good then eh?
11th Mar 10 10:03

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Birchwood

Birchwood

Not all bus drivers are bad.

At approx 6.30pm on 17th August 2009 a Toyota Yaris Blue reg X57GDC turned right out of a side road/private property onto a main road with traffic doing 50 mph and bus was coming.

The bus had to apply brakes and this driver continued way below 40 mph in a 50 zone holding up traffic.

Pulling out like he (or she) did without enough space and driving so slow is a hazard on the road.
Birchwood
17th Aug 09 06:08

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