Sounds about right
I used to have to catch the trains (sounds appropriately like a disease) every weekend commuting between Huddersfield and Grantham.
Considering that the Primary backbone of this journey consisted of the GNER from Leeds to Grantham, it was still slower, more unreliable, AND MORE EXPENSIVE than doing the same journey by car.
Well done Mr. Beeching.
If I ever have to catch a train again in my life it will be too soon.
The buses are no better. How can they possibly justify the extortionate prices? For my current work commute, it costs £3.60 return on the bus (plus the added benefit of a 1000 yard walk in all weather conditions). It costs me just under £2.50 in petrol to the front door (and that's with the oil companies not putting their prices down to reflect the drop in costs for them). The savings over a year cover my road tax, MOT, maintenance and still leave me in pocket!
I had to get a car because my job was at risk from my poor punctuality caused by consistently inconsistant buses/trains.
Prices for travelling on "public transport" (there's no public in it, now that it's entirely privatised) have been spiralling upwards persistantly over the inflation levels.
The railways were nationalised precisely because they were in this appalling state.