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Issue 645 - 17 April 2014: Opinion

LEPs are here to stay
Local Transport Today

When the colour of the Government changes, a major shake-up of local government can sometimes follow. That’s what happened in 2010 when the Coalition Government abolished Labour’s regional structures in favour of... continue

In Passing

Let us hear no more whinging about the state of the transport planning profession because, according to a survey by freelance recruitment website PeoplePerHour, freelance transport planners are doing very nicely indeed. The... continue

Ever faster travel has hit the buffers

Ever faster travel has hit the buffers

Two hundred years ago it was hard to move much faster than walking speed. Horse-drawn carriages made slow progress on poor roads. With the coming of the railways in the 1830s, we were able to move faster. Towards the end of the nineteenth century the motorcar on improved roads set us on course for mass mobility.  Travel has always been constrained by time, the 24 hours of the day with many activities to be fitted in. An hour a day seems to... continue

The biggest influence on how our towns and cities develop is... Transport policy

The biggest influence on how our towns and cities develop is... Transport policy
Andrew Last, Minnerva Ltd

Stephen Plowden’s letter in the last issue (“HS2 is even worse than ‘predict and provide’ road planning”) gives an interesting counterpoint to Jim Steer’s Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport lecture reported in the same issue, in which he bemoaned the lack of a national spatial plan within which to assess HS2. Underlying both observations is an appreciation of the impact that transport policies and... continue

Letters to the Editor

HS2 is all about London – why else build parkway stations?
Malcolm Bulpitt, Loose, Maidstone, Kent ME15

The HS2 saga moves on. Now that the suggested link to HS1 and the rest of Europe is being abandoned this highlights the fact that HS2 is in reality... continue

Parkway HS2 stations are daft but Old Oak makes sense
Chris Barker, Hornsey, London N8

Graham Nalty is right to criticise the notion of parkway stations for HS2 (Viewpoint LTT 4 Apr). The time and effort needed to get from station to city centre is going to substantially negate the advantage of high-speed... continue

Make Toton HS2 station the centre of a new mega-city
Mike O’Sullivan, Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes MK11

Reducing travel times, creating more on-line capacity and rejuvenating upper-England’s flagging economy have all been deployed in defence of the HS2 project.  It is easy to get the impression that here is a... continue

HS2’s critics don’t understand the needs of a growing railway
William A M Barter, Towcester, Northants NN12

As the Second Reading in the House of Commons of the HS2 Phase One Hybrid Bill approaches, the arguments against constructing the line become yet more perverse. Stephen Plowden attempts to resurrect the so-called... continue

Thirteen reasons why HS2 is a colossal waste of money
Paul Withrington, Director, Transport Watch, Northampton NN2

HS2 is not, as claimed by Graham Nalty, a great idea being led by the wrong kind of people (Viewpoint LTT 4 Apr). It is a disastrous idea being by led by scoundrels. Here’s why: The cost, including the trains and the... continue

Council is right to axe funding for road safety body
Idris Francis, Petersfield, Hampshire GU32

Anyone puzzled by North East Lincolnshire Council’s view that Safer Roads Humber’s activities are not cost-competitive with more basic services for taxpayers (“Council ‘puts dog mess before... continue

Motoring fanatics won’t give an inch for a better society
Robert Davis, Chair, Road Danger Reduction Forum, London NW10

I am not sure that there is any possibility of meaningful, reasoned, debate with the more extreme car fanatics such as Mr Peat (Letters LTT 4 Apr), but he does question me and I was brought up to be courteous, so... continue

Rail closure advocate should practice what he preaches
Norman Bradbury, Deputy head of policy, Railfuture, Worcester Park, Surrey KT4

Once again, in LTT 20 March, Paul Withrington laboriously repeats his discredited campaign to have our railways converted to roads bolstered by his own unsubstantiated fantasies. In so doing, he demonstrates a hatred for... continue

Rail conversionist has ignored the cost of coach terminals
Edward Gibbins, Chairman,, Alsager ST7

Mr Withrington’s belief in the lower cost of bus travel over rail travel is based on simplistic assumptions (Letters LTT 20 Mar). He ignores the cost – not to mention the two – or more – years’... continue

Accessibility planning doesn’t need modelling software
Derek Halden, DHC, Edinburgh EH4

It was good to see some coverage of new accessibility modelling software but peppering the article with references to “accessibility planning software” is very misleading (‘Thinking bigger... and smaller...... continue

We’re suffering information overload – but LTT is essential
David G Davies, Executive director, Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS), Westminster, London SW1P

Many congratulations to LTT on reaching its 25th anniversary.  I have read it regularly and keenly ever since coming across it in its early days. Under its current editor it has consistently carried news and features... continue