On previous blogs and on social media, i have mentioned the mess public transport is in, when you want to travel in the U.K past midnight` Trains stop early for maintenance, after i found out through contacting, Network Rail. Going on National Express, is also a challenge.. Their not 24 hours, even though i assumed they where, although they do not promote they are. On some routes, you can go there, but not come back on a coach for 48 hours.
This was really irritating me and i thought, screw this mess i will stop going to gigs and only ones i can come back from. I have been to Oxford a few times this year, which was great, and got on the coach to Birmingham as the coach come back , but only one at 2.30am
To whats the solution?? Hiring a car
For some reason, i have never thought of this, probably because i can't drive, well ,never learnt to, well i did, 24 years ago. The big problem, it costs the earth, i honestly do not know how people manage to pay for lessons and a car on top, as i am unable to. Part of this problem was solved, with my radio co presenter. Darren Cole. He likes to drive, has no car, so we hired one to go to Birmingham in, November 2015, to see, Naked Lunch and Among the Echoes. A few weeks before that, we hired a van, to move my goods from my flat to a house i just moved into. I even got behind the wheel, in a carpark, with Darren as a tutor. Hiring a car to go to gigs, solves many problems. No one want to give you a lift due to bloody insurance (I am guessing), hiring a car we did. This is what we are going to do from now on when we want to go to a gig, especially, London, as we can take our time and come back after the gig
This the place we always go to for hiring
Note:You have to go to the DVLA website to get a code to show points etc
Note: Banbury Van and Car hire only take a deposit if you are hiring, say for a month or a few weeks or something. For a weekend, they charge for two days. Thats, Saturday and Sunday. You can take it back, Sunday, but what it the point, when you have paid for it. Its a lot more reasonable than i thought as well. I did ask locally on Facebook about the best place. The overwhelming majority said, Banbury Van and Car Hire
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