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Media monitor: Issue 587 10 Jan 2012

Papers bemoan transport cost increases on buses and trains... and also in cars

Significant transport cost increases towards the end of 2011 were greeted with widespread gloom in the media, with travellers warned of major price rises in almost all of the main modes of transport.

Rik Thomas

A great deal of media coverage was given to the high cost of rail travel in late December/early January as the annual hike in rail fares kicked in. Leading the way was a quirky story in The Birmingham Post about a business owner in Coventry who took his staff to London for their Christmas party in two stretch limos – because hiring the two chauffeur-driven cars was allegedly half the cost of making the same journey by rail. “It makes me wonder whether we should think about hiring...

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