Try as you might, car still beats the bus on all counts I live on the outskirts of Newport, 12 miles from my workplace in Cardiff. There is only one bus per hour to Cardiff that passes near my house and it can depart at any time from five minutes early to 15 minutes late.
Through mounting frustration, I gave up on the bus nearly two months ago and began taking my car to work. I found that if I continued to leave my house at the same time in the morning and then left the office to arrive home at the same time as I would if I caught the bus, I could work for at least an extra 30 minutes each day. This adds up to 125 hours each year, or more than three whole working weeks!
The recent fuel crisis forced me back onto the bus where I discovered that the fare had risen by 10%, its second increase within a year. As a transportation engineer I have tried to 'do the right thing' but I simply cannot afford to rely on the bus. Even with the extortionate costs of fuel, my car is a cheaper, more reliable and more convenient option than the bus.
It is high time we started seeing some results from the integrated transport initiative because, living in South Wales, one could be forgiven for thinking that the White Paper had never been published.
Jason Hibbert (G) email@example.com