Discussion in 'SMB' started by spitfire, Aug 19, 2011.
Beeching you were a c*nt.
Think those living on all the new estates built next to them may not be so keen. Beaching was an arse like and seem to recall reading somewhere that most of his findings were based on poor studies and deeply flawed.
or even stick a load of tarmac over the lines and run a half decent bus service along them.
there is definately an argumetn to bring some of them back.
TFL can start by extending the central line back out to Ongar or at least onto North Weald and Harlow.
would mena more scratters on the line but at least Epping would have less harlow traffic nicking all the parking
There is a canny little journey between Brockenhurst and Lymington Pier too. Lovely little old fashioned station at Lymington town.
The Scarborough Whitby line would have been amongst the best in the country. A crime it was closed down
A lot of the old lines are bike paths now aren't they...
Aye.Spitfire would love to see more cyclists forced onto the roads though.
Sustrans uses a fair few miles of them I think.
In the pockets of the road lobby an arl.
Same now an arl.
I'm all for putting the old Leamside line back into use. Walk along it regularly, some of the track is alright, a lot of it would need replacing.
Ernest Maples, the Minister for Transport at the time, just happened to have a 66% stake in a major road construction company.
Of course there was no conflict of interest as he signed his shares over to his wife.:roll:
They should all be exhumed and retrospectively shot
There are some surprising places that have not had a train service since the Beeching cuts.
Wetherby, for example does not have a station any more and its staggering to think how many folk would use a service from there and the surrounding villages into Leeds, and how many cars it would take off the road.
Pocklington, Market Weighton. Decent sized towns with no train. Used to be on the York to Beverley line
Richmond, N Yorks. Beautiful station building. No fucking trains
Keswick. Biggest travesty of the lot perhaps - would be used by millions surely
I think the Victoria Viaduct is pretty knackered though. I remember talk about them re-opening it as a freight line a few years ago and that was the problem sadly. It would need extensive strengthening work
I always get on my soap box when it comes to the railway service in this country. Its so obvious that with proper investment it could solve a huge amount of traffic problems.
It’s the little things that bug me as well, like taking out the lines that used to run down the middle of some stations so fast trains could overtake a local service that had stopped in the station.
Little yella fella shaking head ruefully
The problem the UK has is that too many people in higher positions have the American mindset that everything has to be profitable.
Railways are a key example against this. Run railways as efficiently as possible, but with the aim of providing cheap, efficient transport to make the rest of the country as profitable as possible. While at the same time protecting the environment and getting excess cars off the roads.
I remember reading in the Echo years ago when Sunderland was considering bringing back trams, that no other modern tram project in the UK had made a profit. And I remember screaming to myself at the paper but how profitable are the cities and surrounding areas that have trams after they were implemented?
Short-sightedness appears to be essential to a UK politician. I believe some of the lads and lasses on here who travelled to Germany in the summer may have witnessed what a good train service looks like.....
At the time his decision made sense. He never expected households to own 3 cars at once. With hindsight it would have been better to keep the railways running.
An excellent point well made.
Pretty sure there isnt a single profitable railway in the world (without govt subsidies). Should just renationalise and sort the whole lot out.
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