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Reports Of The Death Of Dr Beeching Have Been Exaggerated

Headlines about the new national strategic vision for rail concentrated on an alleged Government plan to reverse Beeching, which must have been a relief to ministers given that the document looks like making our dysfunctional franchising system even worse and more expensive to the taxpayer. Reversin...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 07 December 2017

Be Careful What You Wish For

There has been much understandable relief that chancellor Philip Hammond ignored calls from flaky think-tanks for wholesale releases of land in green belts for housing. But his Budget was very far from good news in many other ways. There were a few good things in it on the brownfield housing front a...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 24 November 2017

Predict And Arrive

I was recently challenged to produce a plan for building five million homes in over the next 50 years. My initial reaction was to react like the apocryphal bloke in deepest rural Ireland who, asked by a passing motorist the way to Limerick, replied that if he were going to Limerick, he wouldn-apos-t...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 20 November 2017

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Bill should support rural buses say campaigners

Added on 17 September 2016

Sustainable transport campaigners have called for new measures to ensure the Bus Services Bill helps rural areas as well as urban.
The Bill is currently before the Lords and will go to the Commons shortly.
But, while it contains measures to help towns and cities, the Campaign for Better Transport says it does little for rural services and it wants a raft of measures added.
It says councils should carry out local public transport assessemtns of need in their areas as service cuts are often considered in isolation, cutting off whole communities.
The Campaign says the new Total Transport approach should be rolled out, combining budgets to give better and more efficient services.
It says trials ongoing since last year should be widened so all councils can get the best out of limited resources.
Improved funding is needed, it says, and the Bill should make provision for financial support as well as new powers.
campaign chief executive Stephen Joseph said public transport cuts can have devastating impacts in rural areas.
People lacking access to a car rely on buses to get to school, hospital, friends or shops and cutting them can leave villages completely isolated.

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