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Train of thought

Letters

In response to a change of employment and circumstances I chose to return my pride and joy - a Volvo S60 - to the leasing company, as using public transport seemed a much better option now I had begun working in a city centre office.

My initial enthusiasm was somewhat short-lived. I have been using the local train station now for two weeks and in that time, on two occasions, the train failed to arrive. On most days the train has been late.

In an attempt to remedy the situation, I chose instead to hop on the bus at 8.05am. I arrived at work at 10.25am, after a 11km journey.

How can we possibly expect people to use public transport and reduce car journeys of less than 8km when we have a dilapidated transport system that is inexible, unreliable and overpriced.

The entire system needs a massive overhaul and investment if we are to promote the idea to motorists that there is another way; while road charging does make people consider the necessity of their journey it doesn't give any alternatives except to either pay or stay at home.

Surely this philosophy is bad for the British economy as well as the general public. We must ensure that we combat the environmental problems that car ownership cause, but at the same time we must provide an alternative if we are to make an impact.

Nick Cordon, geotechnical engineer, Mouchel Parkman, nick.cordon@mouchelparkman.com

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