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I work in the Casino down Gunwharf in Portsmouth...
I drive my car too work, as do most people, as it's convenient, quick. comfortable blah blah...
However, the car park I have to park in, is the Gunwharf car park... Now you'd think as I'm working in Gunwharf, and only leave my car there during the day to earn a living, that i'd get too park for free.. BUT NO :mad:
Daytime weekdays, and any nights i park down there, its £3.70.. We do get a discount, but it's still ridiculous!
And if i were too work in the daytime on a weekend, i get NO discount! This sunday just gone, i had to pay £14.50 just to go to work! I mean.. Not being funny but WHAT ?!?

There suggestion was too park in the "overflow" car park, about a 10 minute walk away from Gunwharf.. Too which the only road to get too it, is currently undergoing roadworks so you can't even get too it :S ...

Is it me, or is this slightly unfair :(

Oh and the other thing, between 6pm and 6am at night, customers get there parking for free, however staff aren't allowed to stamp there parking tickets and are forced too pay :cry:
 

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works out about £710 a year for me ...

But i think its unfair to have to pay, to go earn a living :S ?
 

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If I drove to work (whichI used to) I'd pay 20 quid a day to park, I could get a 3 month pass which is 50% less but it's still 600 quid, so yearly that'd be 2400 :rolleyes: along with 3600 quid a year in fuel!. I just pay over 4000 for a train ticket, for a service that's terrible!
 
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This is one of the major factors that has made me give up running a car. £5 in petrol & £3.50 to park plus 45 minutes each way for an 8 mile journey due to bizarre traffic calming measures don't compare well to even a poor rail service.
 

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My only other options are to ride a motorbike, as they park free in gunwharf, or get a taxi...
I have a 125, but when it's ****ing down with rain, and you finish work at 3 in the morning, riding a 125 home isn't ideal!
 

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This is one of the major factors that has made me give up running a car. £5 in petrol & £3.50 to park plus 45 minutes each way for an 8 mile journey due to bizarre traffic calming measures don't compare well to even a poor rail service.
45 minutes for an 8 mile journey :eek:

It only takes me 45 minutes for a 35mile journey and that's taking it easy :)

Works carpark costs nowt as well :smug:
 
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This is one of the major factors that has made me give up running a car. £5 in petrol & £3.50 to park plus 45 minutes each way for an 8 mile journey due to bizarre traffic calming measures don't compare well to even a poor rail service.

That is bad. My train line is one of the slowest, and takes the same time to do about 16 miles.
 

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No mater what, everyone is trying to get money off someone else. I heard a very interesting comment last week. Money is only paper with silly faces printed on it, which stops us killing each other for food. True don't you think.
 

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My only other options are to ride a motorbike, as they park free in gunwharf, or get a taxi...
I have a 125, but when it's ****ing down with rain, and you finish work at 3 in the morning, riding a 125 home isn't ideal!
I use a scooter more than I use My Alfa. I invested in a Drizbone coat. Designed for horse riding so you can wrap the coat tails round you legs like overtrousers. It cost a bit, but it keeps me dry. Use the saved parking money to get decent wet weather gear.
 

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I use a scooter more than I use My Alfa. I invested in a Drizbone coat. Designed for horse riding so you can wrap the coat tails round you legs like overtrousers. It cost a bit, but it keeps me dry. Use the saved parking money to get decent wet weather gear.
Thats a fair point... Using the money saved to buy decent wet weather gear...
Thing is, i have pretty decent stuff already, it's just the confidence to ride when i know it's going to be icy/wet.... As i finish my shifts usually at 3am, its the iciest time and i wouldn't want too come off :(
 

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Get yourself a little italian Vespa, Youll love it as much as tha Alfa, But give it a miss in the icy weather. Or you could go the whole hog and get yourself a Lambretta! :thumbs:
 

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Tied up in finance for the next 2 and a half years on my KTM duke 125 :(
The KTM is absolutely, well, :inlove: sums it up :)
 

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Thats a fair point... Using the money saved to buy decent wet weather gear...
Thing is, i have pretty decent stuff already, it's just the confidence to ride when i know it's going to be icy/wet.... As i finish my shifts usually at 3am, its the iciest time and i wouldn't want too come off :(
I know from experience that wet/icy doesn't happen all that often (well I do live in Poole which has its own microclimate) even so I have had to scrape frost off the saddle after a 1 am finish. The biggest problem was cold round the chin, fixed by the purchase of a bandit mask. Roads in town are generally pretty clear of ice.

Confidence - try it, I just ride more slowly in wet weather and keep buttocks clenched. Haven't fallen off yet in 3 years of riding.

Remember there is no such thing as bad weather just the wrong clothes.
 

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Was tempted too ride today into work, but found no gloves :( So started to ride without gloves, turned round at the end of the road and jumped back in the car :cheese:
 
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