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to wonder how people can spend so much on train fares?

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ssd Thu 18-Aug-11 21:32:54

I know that sounds thick, its spent so people can get to work......

but its seems to be so expensive shock

I heard on the news someone said their yearly ticket was over £5k!!

what sort of journey would that entail, and about how long would it be for {the journey I mean}

£5k is more than I earn in a yr................

fivegomadindorset Thu 18-Aug-11 21:34:54

I don't mind being corrected but that works out about £18 per working day. I spend £10 a day on diesel.

TrillianAstra Thu 18-Aug-11 21:36:06

Well when it's either that or live in London it can still work out cheaper than the increase in rent/mortgage.

happyinherts Thu 18-Aug-11 21:36:54

Breaking down to roughly £100 a week so £25 a day.

Had a friend who travelled from south coast to London and then tube to work daily - I think he spent around that. Obviously he had a position that enabled him to spend that amount of money. I was quite horrified by the amount spent on commuting. That coupled with the amount of time per week spent on public transport finally convinced him to give it all up and take a pay cut and work locally. Yes, it sounds horrendous but breaking it down like that it seems perfectly logical to have to spend it

ssd Thu 18-Aug-11 21:37:36

I think IIRC the person spending so much was travelling somewhere to London in a hour and a half train journey, 5 days a week I guess

I just thought poor bugger, what a rip

ClaireDeLoon Thu 18-Aug-11 21:38:56

Mine is £4,750 annually I think (I pay monthly as holidays mean it isn't worth getting a an annual). That's a 30-50 min journey and all zones travel card in London for buses and tube.

Xales Thu 18-Aug-11 21:39:12

12 years ago when I went from Farnborough to London I think my season ticket was around £4k and no guarentee of a seat of course sad

Thebonkers Thu 18-Aug-11 21:41:20

My dh,s is that, travel in from east Anglian to London each day about 1 and 1/2 hrs each way door to door. About £4750 per yr. Luckily we can spread the coast with a season ticket loan through his work.

Slight improvement than when I used to do it as well !

freybean Thu 18-Aug-11 21:48:29

my dp works in london and pays £3.5k a year

we are moving a bit closer which means our rent that was £525 is now £750

notlettingthefearshow Thu 18-Aug-11 22:29:56

I would assume the average London wage is much higher than the rest of the country, and also that people only do the commute if they're better off than getting a job locally.

Jenstar21 Thu 18-Aug-11 22:30:29

I'm just over £4k per year on public transport, but would be over £5k in petrol, were I to drive. Just got to go where you can find work in your field, and suck it up.... ;( Still clear way more than when I was on ESA!

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