Seems fair and sensible

Promise whatever to gain election, then have to water it down when reality hits:

The Treasury has been accused of plotting to scale down the Government’s Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) scheme in order to shave billions from its £40 billion price tag.

Conservative MPs and other sources close to the high-speed rail initiative, which was a Tory manifesto pledge at the last election, have warned that mandarins are trying to slash major elements and delay a decision on funding for it.

Socialists always do promise sunshine and riches to gain power and then have to tell everyone that the true Nirvana will take some decades to arrive after all…..

7 thoughts on “Seems fair and sensible”

  1. I’m going to be annoying and convert government spending to lockdowns, yet again. 40bn is only a couple of months worth.

  2. Can anyone explain to me what possible gain there is from a bloody train in the North, save in the pockets of those who plan and build it? The routes aren’t long enough to make a difference.

  3. I once had to travel from Fleet (Hants) to Nottingham. I’d bought a cheap rail ticket, but when I got to Fleet, the parking meter had increased the price and I didn’t have enough coins. By the time I’d walked to the ticket office and queued up, I’d missed the train. “What time is the next train?” I asked.
    “In exactly an hour,” replied the cashier, “but you won’t go on that ticket. You’ll need to pay another £40.”
    I walked back to the car and drove the journey. I arrived at my destination in Nottingham, including finding a car park and walking, at exactly the time that the original train arrived at Nottingham station – the train journey including crossing London and a change on the journey North.
    I swore I’d never use the train again, but the passage of a number of years saw my attitudes soften. This time, the destination was Manchester. The station car park at Reading was full. I tried 3 others, some of which forbade overnight stays. I drove home to collect my Tom Tom GPS, and drove to Manchester. Even with the delays passing Birmingham, I was only an hour later than the train, and in that hour I’d been driving round Reading and looking in several car parks, plus the return journey from home. I would have been in Manchester quicker if I’d driven direct.
    Years passed again. I tried to get a train from Reading to S. Wales. To cut the discussion short, I ended up driving.
    I don’t want HS2. I don’t want my money spent on it. It’s a waste of money.
    And for those who say that you can work on an intercity train, you can’t if you are standing in the corridor, or even seated in a crowded train.
    Train enthusiasts are like cyclists. Vermin.

  4. Trains are great if you live walking distance from the station and your destination is walking distance at the other end. Trains are great for 0.01% of the country.

  5. Railways: taking you from where you aren’t to where you don’t want to be for 200 years.

  6. I do indeed live five minutes from my railway station, and have had plenty of work within walking distance of a destination railway station, it’s just that since 1965 I would have to get a train west for an hour, change, another train west, change, another train south; instead of the pre-1965 route of 40 minutes door to door. (Or a 1-hour bus south-east, change, 1-hour train west; or a 1.5-hour direct bus*.) So, I drive – which takes an hour including the Park&Ride at the destination.

    *In January my car died in its MOT. I had the opportunity to buy a replacement near where I’d been working. To get there I had to get up at 6:30am to catch a 6:40 bus to the bus station, to catch a 7:15 coach, to then wait 50 minutes for the connection, to then finally arrive at 12:30. Bought the car, taxed and insured it, drove home, was back by 3pm.

  7. Just curious.. Can anyone ever recollect, say, in the past century, a politician/party who delivered on every campaign promise?

    And if so.. At what cost?

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