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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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Rail fare rises attacked

Added on 05 December 2017

The Campaign for Better Transport has hit out at the news that rail fares are to rise by an average 3.4 percent next year.

Chief executive Stephen Joseph said the rises would be the highest for five years and would mean a cruel joke for hard-pressed rail commuters. He said CBT had campaigned for a freeze this year but the Government ignored this, despite freezing fuel duty.

"Whilst we welcome the new rail cards, which will help younger commuters and those getting to school or training, these don‘t remove the need for fundamental reform of the complex rail fares system and for season tickets for the growing number of part-time workers," said Mr Joseph.

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