Archive for the ‘Transport’ category

No reason not to ban smoking in cars with children

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Over 700 health experts have urged MPs to vote in favour of a ban on smoking in cars where children are present. The debate is notable for the fact that everyone agrees that smoking in a car when accompanied by a child is wrong, and shouldn’t be done under any circumstances. Yet some people still […]

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Level playing field for lorries

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Finally, some common sense when it comes to taxing foreign lorries. They are a common sight on British roads, yet do not have to pay UK Vehicle Excise Duty (VED). British-registered trucks have to pay up to or over £1000 per year, which puts them at a competitive disadvantage, leading to claims that foreign drivers […]

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Why take the train then complain?

Thursday, 26 January 2012

The BBC News website carried an ariticle today on growing dissatisfaction with rail fares. Now fair enough, the article makes some valid points. No-one likes the above-inflation rises in ticket costs that we see each year, and it is undoubtedly cheaper to travel by train in many other European countries. However, what made me laugh […]

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Estuary airport good if Heathrow goes

Friday, 20 January 2012

Imagine you are on an airliner and due to land shortly, and you have the window seat for the view. But there is no being held in a stack, no seemingly endless circling while below you see houses of all the people whose lives are blighted by aircraft noise, no seeing all sorts of famous […]

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None for the road

Monday, 21 June 2010

Last week it was reported that a review of drink-driving laws in the UK has recommended a reduction in the allowed blood alcohol level for drivers. The government must now decide whether to act on the report. Over at Lords of the Blog, Baroness Deech asks for comments, suggesting that a balance has to be […]

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Plane stupid: the name says it all

Monday, 8 December 2008

I am actually against the expansion of air travel, including new runways at Stansted and Heathrow Airports. Yet I was furious today to read about the disruption caused to air travellers by protesters at Stansted. People have the right to protest peacefully. But they do not and should not have the right to disrupt other […]

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Time for Channel Tunnel lorry rethink

Friday, 12 September 2008

Travellers hoping to use the Channel Tunnel face huge disruption again today following a serious fire in the tunnel yesterday. This is the third major fire in the Channel Tunnel’s history, the others occurring in 1996 and 2006. In all three instances, the fire started on board a train carrying lorries. Four types of train […]

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How to avoid TheTrainLine fees

Monday, 31 December 2007

TheTrainLine.com is a website that allows UK rail passengers to buy their tickets online. It has just introduced booking fees, meaning that a ticket booked with TheTrainLine now costs more than buying the same ticket at the station. Fortunately, there are alternatives. The slippery slope to booking fees started some years ago, when TheTrainLine introduced […]

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Save the Forth Road Bridge!

Friday, 21 December 2007

The announcement that a new bridge is to be built across the Forth Estuary barely received a mention in the London-based UK press. I only managed to find an article in the Guardian. There was also an article tucked away on BBC News. This is quite disgraceful, considering that it will be one of the […]

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Farewell free tea and coffee

Sunday, 11 November 2007

From today, many of the trains serving the UK’s National Rail network will be operated by different companies. One of the changes sees Midland Mainline’s service, which connected cities such as Leicester and Sheffield with London, merged with local services on the eastern part of the network formerly operated by Central Trains. I for one […]

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