Unexpectedly, I am invited to Leeds.

The meeting is at 11.30 and I’m giving myself an enormous amount of time in which to make the trip. This means I can enjoy the journey rather than have to endure it as one massive stress-fest.

I’m already planning a couple of minor detours for the trip up/down.

I have to travel by car because, bizarrely, our national train network can’t get me from here to there and back again in anything less than a seven hour round trip.

I’m not sure that’s what we’d call ‘progress’ in the 21st Century.

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6 Responses to Leeds

  1. Vicola says:

    Manchester to Leeds in the car takes 20 minutes. Our magnificent rail network, can take upwards of 2 hours to get you there. But hey, instead of improving that bit of network, billions are going to be spent putting more rail between London and Birmingham. journey which already takes less time than Manchester to Leeds. Go figure.

  2. Don’t get me started on public transport!! Grrrrr. Not only does it take forever, it is also incredibly expensive compared to driving a car……. why would you want to use it?

  3. Masher says:

    I think that some people cannot afford a car and public transport is the only choice they have.
    But, having just paid a staggering £1.29 a litre for diesel, I wonder if I’ll be able to afford running my own car for much longer!

  4. Brennig says:

    V: I heard someone say, on R4, ‘Of course, Britain already has one high speed rail line’ without a trace of irony!

    Annie: I didn’t even get as far as comparing the cost per mile between road/rail. The horrible travel time for rail made me stop right there.

    Mash: £1.29/litre? Where are you filling up, your local branch of Coutts? It’s £1.16 in Witney.

  5. Masher says:

    Motorway Service Station.

    I was hoping I could get home and not have to fill up at extortionate motorway prices, but by the time I got to Newport Pagnell, I was running on fumes, so had no choice.

    I hasten to add that, at that price, I din’t fill up completely… just enough to get me home.

  6. Perpetual says:

    I paid 125.9 yesterday, and according the the doom mongers it is going to go up again in the few weeks.

    I have given up using the train between here and Manchester / Leeds. I can drive it in less time, and not be beholden to rail delays.