Adamrambez Posted August 9, 2013 Share Posted August 9, 2013 Hi all, Just finished reading a short article on the BBC website about the problem of away transport for fans and how the CBT (Campaign for better transport) is suggesting that if clubs don't start to do more to off-set the cost of away transport the crowds will continue to drop. Personally, I think crowds already are rapidly in the decline but that's as much as anything down to ticket costs on the whole and how people can't afford them, but the CBT is right in saying that clubs should do more. I don't think that each club doing what Stoke are doing (Providing free coaches to away games for all 19 away fixutres) is a sustainable idea. Yes Stoke might benefit from it in the short term because more fans might go but I can't see it being something that every team adopts. However, the idea of rail cards for ST holders or reduced train costs if you can prove you have a ticket for an away game is not a bad idea. For Oldham on Tuesday I looked into catching a train up to Chester where my mate lives and catching a ride with him but the costs were a joke. Not only that but the running times are ridiculous too. You have to wonder why we're charged so much for such a poor service. Reduced costs (Depending on the actual reductions) might make most people turn a blind eye to the scheduling of trains and consider resorting back to public transport. I also think that as a club we should encourage the idea of car sharing and provide an outlet for people to offer seats in their car. I drove to Oldham on my own the other night, in a Vauxhall Astra that I could have had 4 more people in, and I dare say others made similar journeys alone. It seems silly, as in the US they strongly encourage the idea of car sharing (Car pooling as the yanks like to call it) and it works. I've done it myself when going to see the Houston Texans in the NFL. The simple fact of it is that if i'd had 3 more people in my car that night, each paying £10 towards the journey it would have helped cover what it cost me to drive up there and provided 3 others with transportation a fraction of what it would have cost to use public transport. We're all friends here at the end of the day, all fans, and would i'm sure all get along. Any thoughts? Adam Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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