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Wednesday, October 04, 2006
mmmm ... roads again!
This was the magnificent scene just outside of Midsomer Norton yesterday, as a tractor overtakes a disabled buggy on the main road.
Forty years on from the temporary closure of the S&D this was supposed to be its replacement! After three miles of travelling at 20mph we suddenly dropped down to 5mph before passing this thing. And all this in the 21st century.
The sooner the trains are back the better, so we once again have the option of a fast and environmentally-friendly form of transport over this lunacy.
The problem with roads is that everything is expected to use them - cars, lorries, tractors, bikes, motorbikes, caravans, horses, pedestrians ... the list is almost endless. Whereas the railways always simplify things by separating different forms of traffic - expresses, locals, freight, mail etc. And all operated by professionals rather than half-bred lunatics whose minds are on mobile phones, Kit-Kats and children, anything rather than the road ahead.
Are we really going to have to wait years before we get our trains back? I for one am getting very impatient!