Transport in Coventry Feature Article
Getting around Coventry on a
student budget may seem like a challenge but managing your money more
effectively can make this a lot easier. Whether travelling by car, bus or cycling,
with these simple guide, knowing which type of transport to use that is the
cheapest and most efficient may seem a lot simpler.
Uber is becoming increasingly popular
with students, however customers using Uber taxis in Coventry could be putting
themselves at risk because cabs can pick up fares despite not being licensed to
operate in the city, thus meaning that an accident could potentially leave
passengers uninsured. For students this may not be the most affordable option,
instead it is more of a luxury or more useful for late night excursions as a
way to stay safe, however, travelling by Uber or by car is not beyond the means
of some students.
Travelling by car seems like the
best option for comfort, convenience and cost, especially as supermarkets
including Sainsbury’s and Asda have slashed the price of unleaded petrol by up
to 2 pence per litre across its forecourts in the United Kingdom. Although the
price of unleaded petrol is decreasing, from January 2018 the cost of regulated
rail fares are set to increase by 3.6% which is likely to adversely affect
students commuting by train. Despite the fact that the cost of petrol has
slightly decreased, the cost of car insurance, MOTs as well as road tax makes
this option seemingly less affordable for students on a budget, unlike buses
which are much cheaper.
Using a student buss pass is a
cheap alternative to paying each time that you need to use the bus. Purchasing
Express Student Bus Pass can reduce the cost of unlimited bus travel to under
a £1 a day. So, for 3 terms the cost will be £299.00.
From both Coventry rail station and
the city centre, the 12X bus runs to the University of Warwick throughout of
term time up to every 15 minutes in the day. If on a night out with friends,
worrying about getting home will not be an issue because buses run past
midnight Monday to Saturday and late on Sundays too in Coventry and Leamington
Spa. Some buses have free WiFi on board, allowing students to stay connected
whilst they are on the move.
Purchasing a Student West Midlands Bus Pass means that
unlimited bus travel around Coventry, Birmingham and the Black Country, on all
of the buses, all day, can be reduced to under £8.00 a week. So if you fancy a
trip to Birmingham, jump on the Platinum 900 from Pool Meadow bus station. Better
yet, real time information on when your bus is due to arrive is available when using
the mobile application, so before heading to university, you are able to spend those
extra few minutes in bed.
Some areas in Coventry, such as
Foleshill are highly congested, so whether travelling by bus or car, leaving
your house or accommodation early enough to allow time for traffic delays and
traffic build ups is important. Planning your journey ahead will also help avoid
being late to lectures and seminars, so travelling earlier in the morning or
later in the afternoon and evening will ensure that peak time rush hours are
avoided. Using buses may not always be necessary, especially when the journey
is relatively short, which means that cycling and walking can be extremely
cost-effective as well as efficient alternatives.
Cycling in Coventry is quite easy
because there are lots of streets and footpaths that are considered to be
shared spaces and advised cycle routes that allow cyclists to travel in and out
of the city. Unlike walking, which in Coventry seems like a difficult task,
specifically, in the City Centre, where dangerous underpasses underneath the
Ring Road make it difficult for walkers wanting to get to and from their
accommodation safely and without the threat of the constant stream of vehicles,
thus suggesting that Coventry is not a walker friendly town.