Friday, 7 August 2009

UK Government endorses high-speed rail network as better than planes


Greenpeace is reporting that Lord Adonis (is that his real surname?!), the Transport Secretary, as endorsing a vision of a high-speed trains network in the UK. He has commissioned an assessment of the London-West Midland link to be completed by the end of this year. He even went so far as to say that trains would 'systematically replace' short-haul plane travel, both in the UK and to European destinations too. This is nothing short of a proverbial 'kick up the backside' to the aviation industry that has for os long had its own way on transport policy and represents something of a turn-around for this government. Lets hope that whatever party becomes the government next time around that this becomes actually policy.

In particular, will we see the end of additional runways at Stanstead and Heathrow? I hope so. It has been years (about 25) since last flew on anything other than a short-hop from London to Jersey (escorting a patient back to the island when I was a nurse - I flew back to Southampton and then took the train to London on the return hop by the way). Unless we visit family in Australia/New Zealand I can't envisage myself ever flying again. I love trains and I love boats. I do confess to loving driving too but I do less than 3,000 miles a year so don't feel to bad about that and due to a disability I need to use car to get to and from work.

You can read the article in full here: http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/blog/climate/high-speed-rail-plan-gives-airport-expansion-what-20090805
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