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Test date: 2018/11

Faster means of public transport

Discuss both views
Government and Society

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic.

Some people think governments should spend money on faster means of public transport. However, others think money should be spent on other priorities (eg cost, environment).

Discuss both view and give your own opinion.

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your knowledge or experience. Write at least 250 words.

Model Essay

People have different views about whether money should be spent on public transport or on other more important issues. While faster means of public transport would be a positive measure, I would argue that further investment in other priorities should be made first.

On the one hand, it could be argued that providing citizens with faster forms of public transportation has brought about certain benefits. Firstly, faster forms of transport are said to allow people, particularly commuters, to reduce traveling time to and from work. As a result, people will have more leisure time, and this will lead to an increase in their work  productivity. Secondly, by adopting this method, people are less likely to be packed in cramped and hot buses. They will not need to rush to get to work on time or get up so early in order to get a seat on a bus, and therefore, they will have more time to prepare before going to work or school, or to enjoy their breakfast with their family.

However, I believe that spending money on other vital aspects is more important. One of the most pressing concerns is environmental pollution. Despite the convenience that public transportation brings to commuters, more and more vehicles are being used each year and exhaust fumes emitted from those vehicles have exerted a detrimental effect on the atmosphere in most large cities. As a result, people are more susceptible to developing respiratory diseases and other kinds of health problems. Another significant issue is the increasing cost of living, which leaves many people struggling to cope with basic daily needs. If such situations are left untreated, this may lead to a decrease in economic
growth, amongst other problems.

In conclusion, despite the advantages of improving the speed of public transport, I am convinced that it is better to  spend money on more urgent issues, such as the environment and living costs.

(317 words)


• Further investment in other priorities
• Lead to an increase in their work productivity
• To be packed in cramped and hot buses
• To rush to do something
• Exhaust fumes (n)
• To exert a detrimental effect on something
• To be susceptible to something
• respiratory diseases (n)

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