On the way to another year

From the travel point of view, 2010 got a very dramatic ending with the cold temperatures that brought us snow and ice. While it was the airports that bore the brunt of the weather, train and bus services suffered too, particularly in the first round of the cold weather. With the temperatures set to drop again in the next few days, we’ll have to see what happens. After all, it was in January of the year ending tonight that we really saw the snow cause trouble around eastern Cheshire. Who knows what lies around the corner?

Speaking of what may come our way in the future, we have what comes from any public spending cuts in Britain and Ireland. Warrington, North Yorkshire and Derbyshire already have shown signs of what may be precipitated by cuts to council budgets. There’s no word on anything like that from Cheshire but that may change.

Still, rail has seen some announcements regarding investment and can be said to have done better than expected. However, that has to be tempered by the prospect of sizeable hikes in ticket prices beyond those we have seen in recent years.

All in all, 2011 could become more interesting than some among us would rather. It could be one where we have to stand up for what services we have so that total savagery is avoided. Still, not everything has to be sacrificed so we’ll have to enjoy using what we can. Hope the new year is good to you and that you come through it untouched by any economic torment.

2 thoughts on “On the way to another year

  1. I would like to agree with you but unfortunately I can’t as I’m about to start on a course on monday and it will last a month.I have bought a “monthly ticket” for £198 that starts on the 10th of January and finishes on the 9th of Febuary.Now since when has it been acceptable for a train service to not only charge more but not even provide a full months worth of tickets for a so called monthly ticket. I can’t even use my young persons pass before 10.00 am and on occasion have had to pay full price on the train despite having the pass on me. I understand the hardships that must be affecting the industry and the stress this places on employees, but I fail to feel sympathetic towards a company which provides false benefits and continues to increase prices. where is the money going and when we will see a significant difference in what some may call a rather average transport service which doesn’t always provide heated carriages during the winter months.

    • It isn’t cheap but you are getting a monthly ticket for your money. Just add 1 to the number days between 10/1 and 9/2 and you’ll see what I mean. That covers for 10/1 itself. Otherwise, your comments are valid and I am not sure how you are disagreeing with my post. One counterargument that I can see is this: is it worth moving closer to your place of study in order to save money on travel? Don’t be surprised if someone else asks you that question too.

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