Mick F wrote:We were out at a do in Launceston yesterday evening, and we got there by bus.
I have a bus pass, but Mrs Mick F doesn't yet.
Gunnislake Square to Callington New Road cost her £2.20. Going in and out of the villages and hamlets, the journey was just short of 11miles.
Callington New Road to Launceston Westgate Street cost £5.00. Again, in and out, it was a journey of just short of 13miles.
Perhaps an hour in total in travelling time, but maybe an hour and a half start to finish.
That was £7.20 total, and if I'd not had a bus pass, it would have been double = £14.40
It only cost £20 to come home by taxi, and that was a fast half hour door-to-door service.
I was shocked at the cost of bus journeys.
No wonder there are so many cars on the roads.
I think you are lucky to have any form of bus service available away from a large town, no matter what the cost.
We live about 12 miles away from the largest town (La Roche Sur Yonne) and about 6 miles from a large village (Aizenay) and we have no bus service to either.
It's a real problem, and youngsters, 14 years onward, end up using mopeds or thumbing a lift. We frequently stop to offer a lift.
There are special buses to take them to school but it can mean a long day after the bus has stopped at all the small hamlets on the route.
Outside of the school run there is nothing.
During her school years my daughter had a 12 hour day plus homework and nobody we spoke to thought this unusual.
I'd be happy to pay to use a bus, we could then get rid of one of the cars.