Commuter = sardine
September 19, 2007, 7:23 pm
Filed under: england, london, transport, travel

In case the picture I’m painting of London is too rosy, let me set things straight. London is a vibrant and remarkable city, wonderful for weekend visits. However, there are some things about London that are awful.

One of those is the overcrowded transport system.

When I first moved to Cambridge I was considering a couple of jobs in London. After some peak hour travel I decided I would take a slightly less exciting job in Cambridge, because the commute into the heart of London is brutal.

If you get the 7:15 train you’re lucky to get a seat – this is despite paying around 40 Australian dollars a day for your ticket. People have to earn roughly £4,000 more – that’s more than 10 grand Australian – to justify working in the capital, with a season pass.

Then you still have to justify the minimum two hour daily commute.


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