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Silencing dissent

Ever since HS2 was dreamt up by an a mix of consultants, engineers, campaigners and politicians, there has been confusion as to what the project is all about. Is it to shrink journey times between our biggest cities? Add capacity? Or bridge the north-south divide? This week we learnt that one of the Government’s top advisers on major projects came to the conclusion that none of these arguments  really justified splurging £57bn, a figure he reckoned would mushroom to at least £80bn. Writing in January 2017, Paul Mansell remarked in an internal report that the project could be “possibly justified” on the basis of giving the economy a boost during what could be a turbulent post-Brexit period. By implication, had the nation voted to remain in the EU in June... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today Comment
Transport is for people, so let’s talk to them about it!

Transport is for people, so let’s talk to them about it!
Lynda Addison & Jo Field

Roads, footpaths, buses, trains and trams are used day... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today Comment
Not all mobility is ‘good mobility’

Not all mobility is ‘good mobility’
Alistair Kirkbride

New mobility services capture the imagination and have the potential to transform how we travel. An... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today Comment
3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Operators should improve obsolete bus stop information
Jonathan Tyler Passenger Transport Networks York YO1

Your story about obsolete or missing information at bus stops in the Wrexham area illustrates the sad state of the bus industry in many parts of the country and councils’ declining ability to support it (‘Bus stop info four years out of date in Skates’ constituency’ LTT 20... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Challenge the climate sceptics who stand in the way of action
Chas Ball Huddersfield HD4

The recent British Attitudes Survey showed most people think that global warming is real, although they don’t agree on the causes (‘Britons sceptical of climate message’ LTT 20 Jul).  The survey says that only about a quarter of respondents describe themselves as “very... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today Comment

HS2 Ltd is living in a fantasy – and we will end up paying
Roger Davies Kendal LA9

There’s nothing I like more than a good belly laugh, so thanks HS2 Ltd for giving me one by using the term “just so far from reality” to describe someone else (‘HS2 will be four years late and cost double the DfT’s estimate, MPs told’ LTT 20 Jul).  I’d... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Scots A9 dualling will undermine rail freight goal
David Spaven Scottish representative Rail Freight Group Edinburgh EH10

One of the key criteria for judging the impact of raising HGV speed limits should be the impact on rail freight (‘Scots Government awaits DfT study of HGV speed limit rise’ LTT 20 Jul). For road hauliers, the impact of raising the speed limit to 50mph on single-carriageway sections of... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Think about the accident rate before raising HGV speed limit
Philippa Edmunds Freight on Rail manager Campaign for Better Transport London EC1M

Regarding your story about the Scottish Government awaiting the research findings on raising HGV speed limits in England and Wales, the reality is that the research is not going to admit that the Government made the wrong decision by increasing the limits (‘Scots Government awaits DfT study... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today Comment

How to make cycling a safer activity
Francis King Bath BA2

Lucy Marstrand states that, as a cyclist, “motor vehicles are threatening, unless you’re in them” (Letters LTT 20 Jul). I think that this view is very pessimistic, even where the cyclist is using the roads and is not on a segregated cycling facility. Ask car drivers about this,... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today Comment

In praise of Gtr Manchester’s cycle network plan
Roland Graham West Kirby Wirral CH48

It is the best news for the development of cycling in over 40 years that Greater Manchester is to get a network of cycle routes on minor roads (‘Beelines to span Greater Manchester’ LTT 22 Jun).  This is an idea that has been around since 1990 when the London Borough of Hammersmith... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today Comment

Netherlands shows that bike and bus networks can mix
Roger Sexton Nottingham NG1

A news item on page 15 of the last issue has left me very puzzled (‘Compare benefits of busway and cycleway’ LTT 20 Jul). The Landscape Architects Association (LAA) is of the belief “that when integrated with rail for longer trips, investment in cycleway networks is cheaper,... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today Comment
HS/ Leon Daniels-severance pay /Highways England/ Intercity 125

HS/ Leon Daniels-severance pay /Highways England/ Intercity 125

As stories predicting HS2 will blow its budget pile up, the campaign to stop the project struggles on with only pennies in its tin. Joe Rukin, campaign manager of Stop HS2, told LTT­this week that he has now taken his redundancy from the... continue

3 Aug 2018Local Transport Today Comment

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