I travel to Parliament four days a week most of the year. Unusually, I’m in on a Friday today for the EU referendum bill (Hooray!) but I’d usually have meetings in Wycombe all day.
I can commute by motorcycle, car or train. Bike travel can be miserable in the cold and dark when it’s raining, but I tend to like it anyway. Driving is painful: filtering by bike isn’t much fun but sitting in a queue is worse. Or I can take the train.
The train has WiFi. It’s warm, dry, fast and comfortable, assuming one can find a seat (the 06:56 was fine). However, after driving and parking and including the tube fare, the train is fantastically expensive.
Here’s the data:
I’ve neglected the cost of vehicles. Mine are quite old and I imagine I would not last long with the additional cost and expense of the bus before buying a cheap scooter to get to the station. If a pedantic reader objects, they are welcome to provide arithmetic in the comments. My occasional attempts to live without a motorbike have never lasted long.
No method of commuting is fun – although I now recall the man who commuted to RAF Wyton by paraglider – but the conclusion is clear. If you want to commute inexpensively, buy a motorcycle.