England Travel Information – by Road/Car, Train, Bus, Air Britain was the first industrial society; it was the birthplace of the industrial revolution. A major characteristic of industrialization is the shift of population from rural to urban life. Less than 2% of the population of England is employed in farming.
England travel information
The great majority of people live in cities, towns, and suburbs. In older towns, especially in the north and midlands, excellent local urban bus transport exists. In rural areas and newer towns, bus transport can be patchy and the car is important for many workers.
There are commuter rail networks to most of England’s largest cities. The south-east has an enormous commuter rail network focused on London. This network is extensive and trains run until late. At peak times commuter trains are crowded and some passengers have to stand.
London is also served by the extensive underground network (Tube). While many Londoners complain about the state of the tube, visitors and those who come to work in London find it a great asset. It is very extensive and it removes the need for a car.
Long Distance Travel
Long distance travel is well served by inter-city trains and coaches. These are most effective on the major north-south routes that terminate in London.
Advance booking of trains and coaches can result in very economical fares. The major inter-city routes from London to the large cities of the Midlands and the north have had the track upgraded and new, faster trains introduced. England is joined to continental Europe by the Eurotunnel, a rail tunnel, carrying passengers and vehicles.
England is a compact country. Distances appear short on a map to those who move here from large countries such as Australia, South Africa, Canada or India. Remember however that population density in England is much higher than in any of those countries. Roads are often congested and journey speed can be slow.
There is a comprehensive road network with motorways linking all major centers of a population but it is important to plan journey times carefully. The major trunk roads between towns are known as ‘A’ roads, lesser roads linking communities are classed as ‘B’ roads.
England is extremely well served by airlines. There has been a great increase in the number of ‘no-frills’ airlines operating from English airports. There are regular low-cost flights both within the British Isles and too much of continental Europe. Most large west European cities have frequent services from England and an increasing number of smaller European airports now have daily services.
London in particular and to a lesser degree Manchester has major intercontinental airports with direct and connecting flights all over the world. London’s Heathrow airport is the world’s busiest for international passengers. Currently, the airports in the south-east offer the greatest choice in terms of air travel but there is steady and continuing growth in the range of services offered by regional airports.
England has good ferry links to the western seaboard of continental Europe including Scandinavia.
Ferries also link Britain with Ireland and with a large number of small islands that surround the British mainland. Major cruise ships also sail from England.
Traffic throughout the British Isles England travel on the left. Many visitors from countries such as Australia, India, Japan etc are perfectly used to this but others from countries that drive on the right sometimes need time to adjust. Although the metric system continues to be adopted in aspects of life in England this does not apply to the roads where all information about distances and speed limits is still provided in miles, not kilometers.