Train: Bristol to Cogan

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Similar to my Bus: York to Leeds post back in 2010, I thought I would do a similar analysis for my commute for the last couple of years.

I took this journey twice each working day for 2 years before moving to Cardiff. I wondered how many miles and hours I have spent on the trains.

The Map


Distance per Journey37.3 miles
Distance per Day74.6 miles
Total Distance74.6 miles x 5 days x 90 weeks = 33,570 miles


Cost per Ticket£12
Total Cost£12 x 5 days x 90 weeks = £5,400
Petrol Costs33,570mi x 35mpg x 134p = £5842.87

Taking the train has cost 92% of what it would have cost for fuel alone if I had used a car


Time per Journey85 minutes
Total Time85 mins x twice a day x 5 days x 90 weeks = 53.125 days

Final percentage for you: the time I have spent on the train is equivalent to 7.27% of the 2 whole years!


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I have had my Samsung Galaxy S2 for a few weeks now and I have really enjoyed having a smartphone back in my pocket, after the demise of my iPhone.

Joining the Android Developer Program only cost $25 and I have now been experimenting with what I can get my phone to do.

A good starting point was to port ybsolo over to the Android Market. At the moment all the application does is open a web view but with the service being advertised in the market place, we hopefully will see some people trying it out.

Is My Train Delayed? is a perfect service for the mobile platform so I have been moving it to a native application. It is currently on the Android Market at version 4.0 as I have been adding features over the past few days.


Currently at 146 downloads, it is doing quite well. It pulls the live data straight from National Rail and creates a nice scrollable table view. It also auto-completes station names. On the website, you can locate your nearest station, I am experimenting with this on the android application as well as detailed journey information in a popup window.