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COUNTY COUNCIL MEETING - HS2 DEBATE 17TH MAY 2012 Transport-Watch statement The cost for the “Y” is often quoted as £32bn or £33bn. However that excludes the trains at £8bn and tax of 20.9%. Adding those provides £49 billion or nearly £2,000 for every...
The article titled Cattle class of 8th July starts with the notion that the rail system is popular but expensive.  It may be popular in the minds of the public but half of us use a train less that once a year.  It is certainly expensive – costing every household in the land £2...
Dr Ching, 1st September points out that last year no passenger was killed in a train accident.  He compares that with all those, system-wide, including pedestrians, cyclist and people on motorbikes, killed on the roads and concludes, quite erroneously, that rail is overwhelmingly safe compared...
    Spiked-on line; concrete over the railways Message: Spiked-on line; concrete over the railways  
  Paige Mitchell, in the viewpoint column of Local Transport today, 8th December, says, "excessive or inappropriate speed is the single biggest risk factor in road crashes". Probably that stems from the 30% put about by the DfT. However, reference Topic 1, the causes that were...
  Posted by Paul Withrington on December 11, 2005 Subject: Careless driving Road Safety bill - Lords scrutiny -Transport Watch comment   Version published in The Times All of us are occasionally "careless", sometimes "...
  The Times of 16 th November reported that the Mayor of London is contemplating a major expansion of the capacity of London's rail network. The anticipated cost has the range £(5-10) billion. Against that background Transport-watch notes that in the morning peak hour 250,000...
  Posted by Paul Withrington on November 04, 2005 Edward Simpkin, in the Telegraph of 20 th November 2005, reported on the proposed maglev 500 mph railway linking London to Scotland . The estimated cost was quoted as £30 billion. We comment, if that were to be repaid at the...
Dear Editor, Gregg Heathcliffe (Press 12 th April) says there is no practical way of transferring more freight to the Railways. Can I suggest one? First, why do we have railway lines? Yes, I know trains run on them, but why? The only reason I can think of is that when Stephenson built his Rocket...
  Posted by Bob Harrington on May 05, 2005 Subject: Dover to Folkestone £10 million temporary closure   The railway line between Dover and Folkestone closed on Saturday 30th April for an estimated four months while TEN MILLION POUNDS is...
    American rapid transit Message: See http://www.heritage.org/Research/SmartGrowth/wm717.cfm for an analysis for urban rapid tansit in America by - Ronald Utt Ph. D  
  Posted by Paul F Withrington on February 28, 2005 Subject: Wendell Cox achieves badge of honour as number 3 in the list of AMTRAK enemies   Wendell Cox achieves badge of honour as number 3 in the list of AMTRAK enemies, see...
  In issue 505 of the magazine "Rail" dated January 19 th 2005, Nigel Harris, the Managing Editor, and Adrian Lyons, the Railway Forum Director, attempted to discredit the Transport-Watch advertisement placed in Private Eye, The New Statesman and The Week. (Click here to see the...
  Posted by Paul F Withrington on August 16, 2004 Subject: Transport-Watch news and comment July 2004   Bus lanes and the reserved lanes on motorways The Times Monday 5 th (and others) reports that the government is considering reserved lanes...
  "Helen Nugent reports in The Times of 26th June; "The train arriving late cost you billions" - subsidy per journey raising by 50% from 5.3 pence to 8 pence per passenger-mile. We comment the actual subsidy over 10 years may top £100 billion. In any event the SRA...
Local Transport Today reports an 18 month rail closure of 90 km of rail in the Midlands - Stoke to Stafford, 16 miles (25.5 km), Stafford to Nuneaton, 35 miles (56 km) and Nuneaton to Coventry, 10 miles (16 km) plus (we assume) the associated loop south of Stafford, 11 miles (17.5 km). That...
Local Transport Today reports an 18 month rail closure of 90 km of rail in the Midlands - Stoke to Stafford, 16 miles (25.5 km), Stafford to Nuneaton, 35 miles (56 km) and Nuneaton to Coventry, 10 miles (16 km) plus (we assume) the associated loop south of Stafford, 11 miles (17.5 km). That...
Posted by Transport Watch on January 8, 2004 Railways: myth and mathematics Published in The Business 15-16 June 2003 (Page 20) Save were emboldened Thomas the Tank Engine is an expensive toy. Network Rail, Railtrack’s successor, which is already guzzling money at the rate of £5 bn (...
Posted by Paul F Withrington on November 8, 2003 TRANWSWATCH UK Comment on the SRA's lobby document EVERYONE'S RAILWAY: THE WIDER CASE FOR RAIL Before making any judgement about the analysis in "Everyone's railway", or our comment, readers may care to take a few moment to...
Posted by News Administrator on July 26, 2003 Week to Sunday 27th News from the Financial Times was: 21st July John Mason reports “Ministers spend more but fail to deliver on transport pledges. 22nd July Robert Wright reports “Increase in track access charges will hit...
Posted by News Desk on July 8, 2003 Main news from the Financial Times was: 30th June Mark Odell reports Rail Chiefs saying is £58 bn needed to run the system. Transport Watch comments – its difficult to square the numbers – Moderisation was at one time said to require...
Posted by Administrator on July 2, 2003 Monday 23rd June 2003 The broadsheets contain articles ref Executive pay of Network Rail’s top management. Best story is from the Independent: Clayton Hirst (Labour challenge on £565M Stansted shortfall) – Consultants Berkeley...
Posted by Paul Withrington on June 23, 2003 The Telegraph 16th June: Paul Marston (National road tolls would cut cost for country motorists) reports the study funded by the Independent Transport Commision and carried out by Professor Glaister and his team at Imperial College. The finding is...


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