Welcome to the 'New Somerset and Dorset Railway'
Monday, August 14, 2006
reorientating towns as our trains return
As Peak Oil and post-Peak Oil effects take hold, towns are going to have to be radically redesigned. The centrepoint of towns in the future will be the railway station, with most businesses, factories and shopping areas receiving goods by rail. Most larger towns with have a conventional or ultra-light tramway, with lines carrying freight as well as passengers. There are also likely to be many cross-country or urban light railways connecting with smaller junctions, giving a much busier general atmosphere to railways in the future.
The post Peak Oil railway station will be a fascinating place, with cafes and shops either on the platform or close by, and a lot of people passing on foot or bike.
Some of the S&D stations were fairly central, Radstock probably being the best example, certainly on the Mendip section of the line. In the post Peak Oil world any development will obviously happen in rail connected areas, and the nearer to a station the better. As always the future S&D will be a balance between respect for the past and awareness of new business opportunities in a world that’s going to be radically different from today.