Great Britain can pride itself on having one of the most sophisticated and well-functioning public transport systems and road networks in the world. It comes as no surprise that residents and guests of the UK take full advantage of various types of transport, public and personal every day. Since every mode of transport being public or personal, has its pros and cons, which are the most preferred types of getting about?
At the moment, it seems that driving a car is still the most preferred mode of getting around for people in Great Britain. Having said this, the actual usage of cars is changing in terms of distance and duration. The ever growing costs of running and keeping a car on the road are changing the way people use their cars. For instance, in recent years cars are used more for medium and long distance trips, rather than short distance ones for which people tend to rely more on public transport. The industry behind running and keeping own vehicle has not slowed down or retracted, mechanic shops, transport companies like avisuk.org, as well as various vehicle insurers have sustained their market presence despite changes in the way people use their cars today. People opt for using a car over public transport mostly out of pure convenience. Short distance trips done in cars are mostly for day to day things like shopping for the household, whereas long distance car trips are preferred when some luggage needs to be moved from one spot to another.
Buses in the UK are the second most popular type of transport. Buses are ideal for certain situations, but not as efficient for others. One major upside of using a bus to get about is affordability and convenience. In most instances, buses are the cheapest form of public transport (metropolitan bus lines) which makes them ideal for all people. Furthermore, buses are really convenient – they cover most roads in a given area, stop at all important spots like stations, shopping centres, local town halls etc. which makes them very efficient as they greatly reduce walking distance to and from certain places. Taking all this into account, buses have a major downside – they take forever to get to places, and that’s a fact. The frequent stops and goes of an urban or suburban bus, loading and offloading of passengers, along with congested traffic conditions along some roads or streets can make certain bus trips quite time consuming ordeals.
Trains are the third most popular type of transport used by people. In the case of trains though, the situation should be viewed somewhat differently as trains such as metropolitan underground networks in large cities perform differently to their intercity, long distance counterparts. In a large, densely populated metropolis, a high speed underground or overground railway is by far the quickest way to get around (provided every bit of infrastructure is working fine). Trains are commonly used for both short and long distance trips. Certain trains however, may take longer to get to places than using a car for example, as the train has to make large number of stops along the way. On the other hand, high speed long distance trains will surely get you there sooner, but they don’t stop as often (on all stations) which may prove inconvenient for some passengers, which in turn requires a combination of different types of transport.
All in all, the use and effectiveness of different types of transport, depends on people themselves and which is the most convenient and adequate mode of transport given the personal set of circumstances or requirements of each person.