Train GraphicClick on the map to explore geographics
I need help
Waterloo Campaign
Travel & transport from BBC stories as at 00:35 29 May 2022
- Travel disruption: 'We were on the plane when our flight was cancelled'
* Lorry strikes railway bridge and sheds paint over road
- Half-term travel: EasyJet and Tui cancel flights as queues form at Dover
Read about the forum [here].
Register [here] - it's free.
What do I gain from registering? [here]
 11/06/22 - Excusrion to Kingswear
24/06/22 - TravelWatch SouthWest
16/07/22 - Railfuture AGM, Bristol
23/07/22 - 100 years / Hythe Pier

On this day
29th May (2021)
Final passenger service of a Pacer (*)

Train RunningDelayed
00:33 London Paddington to Reading
23:03 Reading to Gatwick Airport
PollsThere are no open or recent polls
Abbreviation pageAcronymns and abbreviations
Stn ComparatorStation Comparator
Rail newsNews Now - live rail news feed
Site Style 1 2 3 4
Next departures • Bristol Temple MeadsBath SpaChippenhamSwindonDidcot ParkwayReadingLondon PaddingtonMelksham
Exeter St DavidsTauntonWestburyTrowbridgeBristol ParkwayCardiff CentralOxfordCheltenham SpaBirmingham New Street
May 29, 2022, 12:46:50 am *
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
Forgotten your username or password? - get a reminder
Most recently liked subjects
[139] Rail Strike Looming
[74] Crossrail - a new railway for London
[56] 2022 - TransWilts cancellations and amendments log
[55] Heroes of WW2 to be honoured in train namings
[27] Where was I today? - 23 May 2022
[26] Adventures - Melksham to Brighton - 23.5.2022
News: the Great Western Coffee Shop ... keeping you up to date with travel around the South West
   Home   Help Search Calendar Login Register  
Pages: [1]
Author Topic: Public transport - is it expensive in the UK, and if so, why?  (Read 183 times)
Hero Member
Posts: 36242

View Profile WWW Email
« on: May 11, 2022, 07:32:00 am »

From my Facebook feed - (declaration of interest - I'm an admin of that group and we're expecting our own Ukrainian guests this weekend)

Good afternoon. Please tell me if there are any free travel cards or something like that.  Very expensive transport for Ukrainian refugees.

This is in particular a question that was asked in relation to our local bus fares, but general comments / thoughts welcome. 


Coffee Shop Admin, Vice Chair of Melksham Rail User Group, and on the board of TravelWatch SouthWest.
Hero Member
Posts: 36242

View Profile WWW Email
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2022, 07:55:09 am »

Starters ...

Quick answer - I am not aware of any cards or special bus concessions for guests from Ukraine, apart from one offer of free travel to reach your host when you arrive, from First Bus who operate the D1 service from Bath through to Warminster.  In practical terms, I have not yet heard of anyone using this as most guests are being met by their hosts at airports or major rail stations and not being left to find their own way by bus to the place they'll be staying.  There is a similar "get you there" by train scheme if you have proof of arival within 48 hours.

I do a lot of public transport work and am addressing the issue in a discussion at . There are twelve different bus opeators (at the last count) in Wiltshire, and each has there own fare system, special offers, and each is a company who are - in nearly every case - responible to their owners to make a profit or at least break even.  Subsidies and grants help keep services running and provide some regulation of fares but, yes, UK (United Kingdom) fares tend to be expensive compared to other countries and I don't have an easy answer.  I am speaking to Wiltshire Council tomorrow and I will ask if there are any county-wide opportunities.  In reallity, I'm expecting that apart from a few "headliners" such as the First Bus one which provides them with great publicity and almost zero cost, there will be little "special".  I could be wrong, and after speaking with County I may approach bus companies and explain to them that a concession for a month would help their business in the future by getting people onto the buses and it becoming a way of daily life.

Coffee Shop Admin, Vice Chair of Melksham Rail User Group, and on the board of TravelWatch SouthWest.
Do you have something you would like to add to this thread, or would you like to raise a new question at the Coffee Shop? Please [register] (it is free) if you have not done so before, or login (at the top of this page) if you already have an account - we would love to read what you have to say!

You can find out more about how this forum works [here] - that will link you to a copy of the forum agreement that you can read before you join, and tell you very much more about how we operate. We are an independent forum, provided and run by customers of Great Western Railway, for customers of Great Western Railway and we welcome railway professionals as members too, in either a personal or official capacity. Views expressed in posts are not necessarily the views of the operators of the forum.

As well as posting messages onto existing threads, and starting new subjects, members can communicate with each other through personal messages if they wish. And once members have made a certain number of posts, they will automatically be admitted to the "frequent posters club", where subjects not-for-public-domain are discussed; anything from the occasional rant to meetups we may be having ...

Pages: [1]
Jump to:  

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.2 | SMF © 2006-2007, Simple Machines LLC Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!
This forum is provided by a customer of Great Western Railway (formerly First Great Western), and the views expressed are those of the individual posters concerned. Visit for the official Great Western Railway website. Please contact the administrators of this site if you feel that the content provided by one of our posters contravenes our posting rules (email link). Forum hosted by Well House Consultants

Jump to top of pageJump to Forum Home Page