Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Priced off

Anticipating that road users will be priced off congested rush hour roads as they inconveniently travel to work and onto trains, the Association of Train Operating Companies (Atoc) believes future rail users should be priced off congested peak railways and onto congested rush hour roads as they inconveniently travel to work. Is this joined up Government or a concerted effort to ensure as many people as possible give up work and claim benefits?

What's the point of working a 45 hour week including commute when you will take home just 45% of your gross pay after deducting higher taxes, National Insurance and higher work related travel costs when you can relax in the sun all day receiving benefits worth 'just' 30% of your original pay!?!

I doubt many people 'enjoy' their rush hour work commutes but Government should thank them for subsidising the profligate Government spending beast and work with Atoc to expand capacity rather than chastise commuters further.


Aiden Truss said...

I understood that we already pay a congestion charge - just look at the price of tickets off-peak and we are already paying a considerable premium just for the privilege of getting to work.

Where's the incentive to use rail rather than road if they impliment this scheme?

Snafu said...

Yep, we already do, pay more to use overcrowded trains with only a remote possibility of having a seat!!