Out-of-town new-build residents recount daily transport challenges
27 October 2018
What is it like to live in an area where day-to-day living is governed by a car? What impact does it have on you and your family?
Green group Transport for New Homes says that young couples are literally “trapped” in their vehicles because of a lack of shops and other amenities near newly-built estates.
Popping to a shop or a GP surgery can mean planning a longer journey than anticipated, as these residents have experienced.
Yusuf, living in Hamilton, Leicester
Yusuf, a cost consultant, moved with his partner from London to Hamilton in Leicester in order to get on to the property ladder.
After six months living in their new-build, he says getting around would be quite difficult if he did not have a car.
Their nearest bus stop is a 15 to 20-minute walk away and the nearest shop is at least a mile away.
“So if we run out of milk we could be looking at a round trip of 30 minutes, as opposed to five minutes when we were in London,” he says.
Hamilton in Leicester – Yusuf likes his house, but not the lack of local shops
Yusuf is surprised the new-build estates lack local amenities, like a community centre, but he does like the area.
His commute to Birmingham takes around an hour-and-a-half if his partner drops him off at the railway station. It would be much longer if he walked the 20 minutes to catch a bus and then took it to the station, so he finds it much easier to drive to clients, as long as there is not too much traffic.
On the whole he is happy to be in his own place.
“There’s nothing wrong with the house we live in, it’s just the lack of convenience on the estate. With the cost of fuel increasing, it makes you realise how expensive a pint of milk can be!”
Hannah, living on the edge of Loughborough
Hannah and her husband work in Loughborough. They have lived on a new-build development on the edge of the town since 2016.
Because of a lack of public transport in their area, having a car is essential. However, that can bring its own challenges, such as having to set off for work before 08:00 or risk getting caught up in traffic jams.
“It can take us up to 20 minutes to drive a mile-and-a-half to work. It’s often really hard to turn on to the main road from ours because of the heavy traffic both ways,” Hannah says.
She has contacted the local council to suggest introducing a park-and-ride scheme, but was told they could not afford to do this.
The nearest bus stop is half a mile away, down an unlit bridle path. The stop further along is on a dual carriageway, with no footpath. She feels she has no choice but to drive and says the estate lacks families with small children because “it would be too dangerous to walk”.
The couple have also struggled to register with a GP in the area because the surgery is fully booked with patients. The nearest village will not accept them because they have a different postcode, so they have been forced to register in Loughborough.
“We bought a new-build to make things more convenient for us,” Hannah admits. “But if we look to get somewhere else in the future, we will definitely be buying an older property that is actually close enough to everything that we need.”
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A 15-year-old boy was stabbed twice in the hand after taking on two burglars who were dressed like Ninjas.
Charlie McGhee, his dad Arthur and brother Joshua, 16, chased the pair from their home in Millers Way, Houghton Regis early this morning.
As they held onto one of the pair Charlie was stabbed with a Stanley knife.
Arthur said: “They came in the house. My sons came upstairs said two blokes dressed like Ninjas have come in.
“We went up the road after them and held them and called the old boy.
“They ran off but Charlie blocked him and wouldn’t let him go.
“His mate stabbed him twice in the hand to try and let his mate go, but he held on and the police arrived.
“Fortunately both boys are tough.
“They do karate.”
Charlie was treated at the Luton and Dunstable hospital.
A teenage boy, 15, has been arrested on suspicion of attempted burglary.
A Bedfordshire Police spokesman said: “Police were called at approximately 1am to reports of two boys attempting to breaking into a property in Millers Way.
“One of the offenders was apprehended at the scene by another one of the occupants and was subsequently arrested.
“He has been taken to police custody for questioning.”
It’s apparently cheaper to get an economy flight across Europe and back than it is to take a train in the UK
Ever gritted your teeth while paying through the nose for a train fare?
A man tried to find out whether it is really cheaper to fly on a budget airline than take a train.
Jordon Cox was shocked when his train to Essex from Sheffield cost £50, so he flew home instead.
The MoneySavingExpert.com blogger said: “I always go the extra mile to save money, but last week I went the extra 1,017 miles and saved £7.72 by getting back to Essex from Sheffield via Berlin – I even had enough Euros spare for a currywurst sausage by the Brandenburg Gate… Wunderbar !”
Although it was worse for the environment, it was cheaper to travel over a thousand more miles to get home from Sheffield to Essex.
The blogger was giving a talk on couponing, and realised he wouldn’t exactly save much money when the cheapest single train fare was £47.
He said: “It turned out that flying out from East Midlands Airport to Berlin, spending seven hours exploring the city and then flying to Stansted and getting the bus home was cheaper than a single train journey in England.”
Mr. Cox also found he could buy a return train ticket to Berlin city centre, enjoy a free tour of a government building and lunch while he was out there and still save money.
This isn’t just true for one journey – the blogger was shocked to find other journeys showed similar savings.
Other train savings
- London to Bristol – Ryanair flights via Dublin: £14. South West train: £41.
- London to Manchester – Ryanair flights via Milan: £33. Virgin train: £101.
- Bristol to Newcastle – Ryanair flights via Dublin: £14. Cross Country train: £74.
- What he would have spent by going by rail
- £47 for train from Sheffield to Shenfield
- £2.99 for ham and cheddar toastie for lunch
- £1.80 bus fare from Sheffield to Hutton
- TOTAL – £51.79
- What he actually spent
- £4 train from Sheffield to Derby
- £4.20 for bus from Derby to East Midlands Airport
- £11.83 Ryanair flight to Berlin
- £5 Berlin return train from airport to city centre
- £1.50 Currywurst for lunch
- £9.54 Ryanair flight to London Stanstead
- £8 bus home to Hutton from Stanstead airport
- TOTAL – £44.07Long-suffering commuters from January 2 face the latest annual price hike for their tickets, as campaigners said services were so poor in parts of the country that passengers would be amazed rises would be allowed. Anthony Smith, chief executive of the independent watchdog Transport Focus, said: “In some parts of the country, given rail performance has been so dire, passengers will be amazed there are any fare rises at all.”
- He added: “Passengers are paying their part in the railways – rail revenue is heading towards £9 billion a year. The rail industry must now keep its side of the promise: deliver on the basics.”
- Tickets this year rise by an average of 1.1 per cent in England, Wales and Scotland, affecting 1.7 billion rail journeys made in the UK each year.
- The latest annual rise means fares have risen at three time the rate of wagepay packets since David Cameron was elected Prime Minister in 2010, according to an analysis by Labour.
- Rail fares in the UK have only been getting more expensive – rising at three times the rate of salaries.