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Travel trouble

Letters to the Editor

I would like to add my experience to the discussion of intermodal transportation. In March of this year I began working at a small firm near Ashby de la Zouch in Leicestershire. I intended to try to use rail and bicycle to get to and from work. I found first that there is no rail service to Ashby, which would be an easy five-mile ride to the office.

The nearest rail service is to either Loughborough or Tamworth, both of which are 15 miles distant along busy A roads. Loughborough is a 20 minute train ride from my home town of Beeston. Tamworth takes about an hour because of being routed through Derby.

I then found that for the Loughborough option an open return on Midland Mainline costs £3.60. I could just show up on the platform and pay the fare. My bicycle, on the other hand, would have to book a day in advance and would have to pay £3.00. This situation does nothing to encourage the use of public transport.

In the end I used a multitude of solutions, all of them involving automobiles.

Curtis Coe, cdcoe@compuserve.com

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