London public transport: Overpriced and rubbish?

Why does our public transport fare (no pun intended) worse than our European counterparts?

Asked By: sk - 7/17/2008
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It's better than it was... More
Answered By: Markey - 7/17/2008
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London underground was the first one of it's kind. So the rest of the world was able to learn from our mistakes
Answered By: James M - 7/17/2008
Who says it does? Not many places in the world have a public transport system or a rapid transit network like the tube of a size that compares with London's, and few can compare in value.
Answered By: Ed - 7/17/2008
When you draw comparisons, are you comparing like for like; all cities being different? And are your own journeys typical? And are you one of the many who want personal transport for the price of Public transport? I suspect London;s transport problem is insoluble; too many people in too small a place, all expecting... More
Answered By: CAM - 7/17/2008
i don't live in london, but will be going for a day conference in september? i was horrified to find out how much a single tube fare is from zone 1 to zone 1 - £4. and a return is no cheaper. to get the cheap fares i need to buy a £12 oyster card. what a rip off!
Answered By: gingercandy - 7/17/2008
Its definately worth less than we pay for it. The transport here really pisses me off sometimes.
Answered By: Milly - 7/17/2008
I never use public transport in London. Cost per mile is higher than the cost of driving. I can take 3 passengers for free and we travel in (old) Mercedes comfort. I run the car on Belgian plates so I don't pay the congestion charge either. Ian M
Answered By: Ian M - 7/17/2008
The best way to get around London is to use either the pay as you go Oyster card or season ticket Oyster card.
Answered By: Williaml2012 - 7/17/2008
Your all complete idiots. The tube and the buses are brilliant. £4 for an off peak travel card in Zone 1 - 6? Come on, thats brilliant! And Oystercards are even better. Cards cost £3, and from then on single journeys from Zone 1 to 6 cost £1.
Answered By: foilwrapped2000 - 7/17/2008
i think London has the BEST transportation in Europe... More
Answered By: Lee S - 7/17/2008
The reason for high fares here in UK on public transport, is due entirely to the fact that most of the companies are private operators with greedy shareholders who are only interested in profit and not inovation... More
Answered By: CLIVE H - 7/17/2008
Every european sytem is very heavily subsidised by their governments via taxes, and some systems are state-owned and are regarded as high priorities in the national infrastrucure. So they enjoy cheap fares and modern networks... More
Answered By: Arcadia - 7/18/2008
Does it? When you consider the size of what it covers and the number of people it caters for it I think it's not all that bad. Don't get me wrong I complain when the tube is a minute late, when it's so hot on the tubes in the summer and when lines are closed for repairs. However in the grand scheme of things the... More
Answered By: May - 7/18/2008
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