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Friday, April 16, 2010
you couldn't make it up
As ash continues to fill the skies above us could we have hoped for a better glimpse into the future? There's just been a brilliant TV report from Bristol airport, with the airport staff flying kites or running up and down the runway doing an impromptu mini marathon. Smiles all round.
We took a car trip yesterday into town with empty skies above us and potholes big enough to contain baby elephants below us.
The silly troubles at Shillingstone paled into total insignificance as the whole of Europe seemed to shift twenty years into the future with crumbing roads and airports reverting back to peace and quiet. Once again Mother Nature showed us that we can't build a complex global society that works seamlessly for 100% of the time. And although the emphasis has been on passenger delays no-one seems to have yet considered the knock-on effect of the cessation on air freight or indeed the airmail service. We may think this won't affect us, but it will.
And whilst the planes are grounded most passengers are trying to switch to rail, but finding that the capacity so cruelly and stupidly reduced by Beeching and his crew can't handle all the extra traffic, leaving them stranded. We do need a fast European high speed network to fill the gap as air travel winds down, and we also need a huge expansion of rail to every town and village in Britain as the roads empty. This air shut down, which is probably still in its early stages, will give a huge impetus to the expansion of rail Europe wide. Are you all ready to play your part?