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The Northern rail franchise is to be renationalised. 

Is there any future in the current model?

Jonathan

PS: As always... you can't make big improvements to transport without a national policy that's integrated across modes.

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We have a state owned railway, there is just more than one state involved.

Some idea of just how many of our train companies are part (or totally) owned by foreign govts.

West Coast: Italian state

Scotrail: Dutch state

Greater Anglia: Dutch state

T for Wales: French state

Merseyrail: Dutch state

Chiltern: German state

CrossCountry: German state

One interpretation of recent British rail policy is that under the so called privatised system, the only government the British state doesn't trust to run the British railway network is itself.

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The breakup of British Rail, like several other privatisations was devised to make its reconstruction as difficult as possible.

It did nothing to increase competition and ensured that debt was off the Treasury balance sheet. The Treasury loved that as the figures looked better.

Stephen

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The preferred route for the central section of East West Rail has just been announced.

Jonathan

PS: There are rumours that the (road) Oxford-Cambridge Expressway has been dropped. We'll see.

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They all have one thing in common. They are all in one hell of a state. Longy
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The Government has just confirmed that it is working on the bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland. I know that we've discussed it somewhere but I can't find it. And that that included a reference to seabed munitions.

What's the minimum road and rail capacity that would have to be added on either side?

Jonathan

PS: I say "the Government". But it might be a race to see which abutment leaves the UK first. Can anyone think of an historical analogy... ?

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Makes you wonder which is the most crazy a bridge or HS2 

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Is this the one you are looking for?

It wasn't, but with this Prime Minister we are spoilt for choice. :-)

I was thinking about building a bridge (or tunnel-bridge-tunnel or whatever) successfully and then discovering that it joined two other countries... because both Scotland and Northern Ireland had left the UK. Has anything like that ever happened anywhere? It would be amusing to see it in a project's risk assessment. Probably Red for Impact. 

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The French appear to have decided the one of the primary ways to get around Paris in future will be on a bicycle.

1000km of cycle paths by 2026

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