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28 minutes ago, dgul said:

Yet we've got a bizarre situation where there's zero VAT on train tickets, but bicycles (inc electric) are taxed at 20%.  

As always, they talk the talk...

This is a once in an INFINITY chance to actually change the way we live and work.

Get people to realise commuting is for idiots and if you can't walk to work then change where you work/live. 

 

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9 minutes ago, sarahbell said:

This is a once in an INFINITY chance to actually change the way we live and work.

Get people to realise commuting is for idiots and if you can't walk to work then change where you work/live. 

 

Mostly agree with this - I used to work somewhere where I could walk in 40 mins/ cycle in 15.  Then the premises moved making it a 20 min walk/7 min cycle (good times).  Then they moved again meaning cycling would take about an hour and walking maybe 4 hours - driving took around 20 mins if traffic good/no road works (which there was 90% of the time).  These are all one way journey times.

Suffice to say I left and now work somewhere I can walk to in 15 mins or cycle in 5.

However, if you get an employer who is lenient on your terms I wouldn't rule out the commute 'on occasion'.  For me that would be 2 days a week and even then I'd be expecting to be doing that outside of rush hour.  All about the balance but also depends on your role.

 

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Well........

I always find Labour n Cuntbyns support for trains, well the Unions, ridiculous.

The only people who use the train more than, say, 2 times a month, are in the top 30%.

So, you have the party of the working man, giving vast subs to rich people and their well protected chauffer.

I can think of several people in my immediate friends n family whove not been in a train fir over 20 years.

 

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Just now, spygirl said:

Well........

I always find Labour n Cuntbyns support for trains, well the Unions, ridiculous.

The only people who use the train more than, say, 2 times a month, are in the top 30%.

So, you have the party of the working man, giving vast subs to rich people and their well protected chauffer.

I can think of several people in my immediate friends n family whove not been in a train fir over 20 years.

 

I have not been on a train, other than a steam train, since the days of good old British Rail.

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3 minutes ago, sarahbell said:

Absolutely.

What to do with all the empty office space?

Some people will prefer to go to the office, in which case they are free to go (and pay for transport) to get there.

Also, office space will still be needed for the occasional visit, meetings etc.

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11 hours ago, Covid19 and life to go said:

Mostly agree with this - I used to work somewhere where I could walk in 40 mins/ cycle in 15.  Then the premises moved making it a 20 min walk/7 min cycle (good times).  Then they moved again meaning cycling would take about an hour and walking maybe 4 hours - driving took around 20 mins if traffic good/no road works (which there was 90% of the time).  These are all one way journey times.

Suffice to say I left and now work somewhere I can walk to in 15 mins or cycle in 5.

However, if you get an employer who is lenient on your terms I wouldn't rule out the commute 'on occasion'.  For me that would be 2 days a week and even then I'd be expecting to be doing that outside of rush hour.  All about the balance but also depends on your role.

 

Traffic in Reading is a nightmare so we allow staff to pick the shift that suits over our operational day and also the choice of a 30 min lunch or an hour dinner. On Fridays they can opt not to have lunch at all and leave an hour earlier (as well as working an hour less on Fridays so in effect 2 hours earlier). Most take a 30 mins lunch and leave before rush hour and take no lunch on Fridays. Small things like that make a big difference. I hated having to leave an office in the midst of rush hour when employed, unless there is an absolute business need for it then why? Providing the no. of widgets per hour coming off the lines is good I don't care when the hours are done.

 

 

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