You don’t have to find a parking spot, you can get around congested town centres more easily, and it is often cheaper than taking the car.
By planning your journey in advance you can save money on ticket prices and ensure you get to where you want to go on time. There are many resources to help you plan your journey on buses, trains and trams, including those below.
Traveline is useful for planning regional public transport journeys. You can also call the information line on 0871 200 22 33.
National Rail Enquiries has details of train times and fares.
Transport for London offers advice on travelling in London.
Citymapper is a helpful transport app that includes an A to B journey planner for all modes of transport for different cities.
Using public transport isn’t the only alternative to using your car. Walking or taking your bike are both free methods of transport and keep you healthy. They offer a great way of getting around congested areas and parking isn’t normally a problem.
To help plan your cycle or pedestrian route, the following websites may be useful:
Walk it - walking route maps
Living Streets - a community hub
Sustrans - maps of the National Cycle Network
Cycle Scheme - information on tax-free bikes.
Various schemes are available in the UK, including:
Santander Cycles - London
Nextbike scheme - Glasgow
Hirebike - Lincoln
Citybike - Liverpool
Cycle CoNNect - Northampton
Citycard - Nottingham
Readybike - Reading
Southport Cycle Hire - Southport
Alternatively you may want to consider joining a car club or sharing lifts to split fuel costs.
LiftShare operates car-sharing schemes throughout the UK, matching registered users with other people making similar journeys.
Carplus is the industry body for car clubs and car sharing and provides a map of car club vehicles throughout the UK, offering easy and affordable access 24/7, without the costs of owning a car.
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