Oh how times have changed...

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Re: Oh how times have changed...

Post by Prof Mango B Coconut » Sat Aug 03, 2013 3:45 pm

This should probably go in the what grinds your gears topic...

But fuel prices in Britain are ludicrous, all thanks to taxation. It's particularly galling to realise that ~60% of the price you pay at the pump goes straight to the Treasury in fuel duty and VAT. It doesn't just affect car drivers though - public transport, transportation of goods and services and anything that relies on some sort of transport gets more expensive as the price of fuel increases due to taxation. It's little wonder that the economy is in such a state.
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Re: Oh how times have changed...

Post by GigaPepsiMan » Mon Aug 05, 2013 12:33 pm

Hate travel prices, they put so many limits on you. I'm a bit of a geek for trading cards and hobby games and there is a shop a few towns down that has a specialist shop for the stuff with a game room, the problem is though is that an all day return ticket is like £14, it's not worth it and though I've biked there before I don't fancy traveling 28 miles on bike just to play a game, I'd be too sweaty. Not to mention specialist shops aren't exactly cheap anyway so even if I got the train I'd have no money to spend.

Also hurt me a lot when I was learning to wrestle, lessons were £10 which is already a big investment to me so the £8 return bus (£7 return train in summers) wasn't helping.

I also miss a lot of the small businesses in my town that specialised in collectibles and games, used to be loads of them but they shut down years ago because of the economy.

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Re: Oh how times have changed...

Post by stayAwhile » Tue Aug 06, 2013 11:24 am

GigaPepsiMan wrote:Hate travel prices, they put so many limits on you. I'm a bit of a geek for trading cards and hobby games and there is a shop a few towns down that has a specialist shop for the stuff with a game room, the problem is though is that an all day return ticket is like £14, it's not worth it and though I've biked there before I don't fancy traveling 28 miles on bike just to play a game, I'd be too sweaty. Not to mention specialist shops aren't exactly cheap anyway so even if I got the train I'd have no money to spend.

Also hurt me a lot when I was learning to wrestle, lessons were £10 which is already a big investment to me so the £8 return bus (£7 return train in summers) wasn't helping.

I also miss a lot of the small businesses in my town that specialised in collectibles and games, used to be loads of them but they shut down years ago because of the economy.
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Re: Oh how times have changed...

Post by Starlight » Fri Aug 23, 2013 2:36 pm

The Laird wrote:Where I live a return ticket to the train station is £4.20 :shock:
How far is the Train Station?

I can go to Sheffield from my local Village for £6.10 (return). It's not that bad considering Sheffield's an hour's drive away.
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Re: Oh how times have changed...

Post by Combo-Breaker » Sat Aug 24, 2013 7:15 pm

MattyC64c wrote:When I was 12 back in 1990, the bus fare home from school was about 30p on the West Midland buses. To travel the same distance now it's 95p for kids, £1.90 for adults.
Same as, Matt.

Bus Fares are a joke these days. It's not as if the service or experience is any better than it was 10-15 years ago, either.

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Re: Oh how times have changed...

Post by Megamixer » Sun Aug 25, 2013 8:17 pm

Combo-Breaker wrote:
MattyC64c wrote:When I was 12 back in 1990, the bus fare home from school was about 30p on the West Midland buses. To travel the same distance now it's 95p for kids, £1.90 for adults.
Same as, Matt.

Bus Fares are a joke these days. It's not as if the service or experience is any better than it was 10-15 years ago, either.
No but fuel prices and the rise in vandalism on city buses will account for the increase in fares. Buses I used to get on were full of rubbish/discarded food and had the backs of the seats melted where chavs had sat there burning them with lighters. Also remember a few kids at our school who proudly showed off those little hammers that are supposed to be used for breaking the glass during a fire or emergency (yes, they had nicked them) :roll:
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