Welcome to the 'New Somerset and Dorset Railway'
Friday, July 27, 2007
What a surprise. Our current 'government' in its rail White Paper misses the point totally - little mention of Climate Change, none!!! of Peak Oil, or even a real understanding of the inevitable continuing increases in traffic under 'business as usual'. The one bright point is that the government does sort of concede that new lines will be needed but that local initiatives will have to kick start the huge rail revival all normal people know is coming. But they need to actually do their bit - by simplifying planning permissions, at the very least match fund local financial support and by levelling the playing field for all forms of transport by raising petrol taxes, introducing more congestion charges and making cars and lorries pay for the environmental damage they do.
The extract is below -
7.23 While stations can be developed relatively rapidly (some 40 new stations have been opened in the last 10 years), the Government does not envisage changes in the pattern or level of demand large enough in the HLOS period to justify developing or opening new regional lines.
Individual proposals will of course be subject to consideration on their merits. The Government recognises the role that rail can play in facilitating growth, evidenced by the recent agreement to re-introduce passenger services to Corby. However, the Government does not propose a blanket approach to safeguarding all potential alignments or disused lines. This would be disproportionate and blight homes and properties.
Strict controls are already in place for the development of railway land, and local authorities can use local planning processes to protect sites or alignments if they deem this appropriate.