Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Bus top


Following Professor Lewis Lesley's letter (NCE last week) readers may like to know that I recently needed to reach London from Northampton by 8am. The rail fare was £34 return so I tried the bus. This fare was £9 return.

The journey took two hours to Marble Arch and I was able to read, use the laptop, or sleep all the way. In comparison the fast train takes 50 minutes but ordinary ones take 80 minutes.

However, the fuel consumption per passenger kilometre of rail is two to three times that of an express bus and, contrary to popular belief, the death rate by bus on nonurban roads is less than by rail.

The bus also makes a profit and pays tax. The train requires billions in subsidy.

Paul F Withrington (M), 12 Redland Drive, Northampton, NN2 8QE.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.