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Any one for free public transport

In the UK we spend £6 billion on subsidies to the train and bus companies. If we add 1p on income tax we could raise a further £5 billion giving us a grand total of £11 billion a year to spend on infrastructure and transport and provide free public transport.
Not only would we create real jobs and growth, but it would eleviate congestion leading to cleaner air. Reduce road traffic accidents, increase disposable income to the poorest, after all we are being taxed to get to work and back. Can you imagine coal mine workers being charged to travel down the mine shafts.
It would also increase the chances of reducing our carbon emissions, it's a win win.

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    Feb 20 2013: .
    Just for some clarity on why something like this needs to happen...

    -The cheapest way to get to the my next closest city for the purpose of full time work is a weekly pre-paid transport card which costs £25 per week (a 50% discount).
    -Car insurance, petrol and parking (calculated on my situation) will cost £45 a week.
    -if a person works full time and on minimum wage (£6.19), this is how it works out..

    Using public transport: 16 hours of work just to pay to travel to work for a month.
    Using a car: 29 hours of work just to pay to travel to work for a month.

    So essentially you would work for anything between 2 full days > 1 full week, just so you can afford to go to work..
    Thas pretty abysmal, considering that
    1. The transport is often unreliable and outdated
    2. The transport is rarely well maintained
    3. We pay atleast £5,000,000,000 a year for these companies to exist.

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