Tuesday, 12 February 2019
Donald Tusk on his special place
There is a special place in heaven for all those who repent. Especially, those bright sparks at transport HQ + every cllr, MP, MEP and one Metro Mayor who all think that Metro trams are the silver bullet to solve our road and railway congestion problems in Brum and in Dudley (rundown) town centre. Their sketch of a plan features the second most expensive transport mode after HS2. Tram extensions are up to 3 times more expensive, per Km than building a 6 lane motorway. All this to supplant existing buses and trains. Brexit just can't compete with this idiocy!
Brexit is costing us billions and ratcheting up fossil fuel use at the very time when we should be reversing this ecocidal behaviour. Even more is being spent on vanity, prestigious projects like HS2 (£55.7 billion) and £1.41 billion, for installation alone, on replacing only a few buses and trains with trams at £3 m each. This is ecocidal idiocy. Retrenchment is urgent out of self interest, alone. That means trains and stations, urgently, on the 106 Kms of surviving train lines. Fareless, electric buses on 100% dedicated bus lanes with traffic light priority for them, not commuter cars. SCRAP £112 m spending on SPRINT buses for the few, too. Put the money into existing buses for all. BUS FIRST, NOT CARS or, trams for the lucky few.
A sea change in social attitudes is urgent to free up road space for essential users, by commuters using fareless buses, trains on train lines, biking and walking. Give businesses less congested roads to cut their fossil fuel use.
Moral choices are vital; not vanity choices - HS2, Metro and Sprint - that entrench us in enhancing the natural, protective greenhouse layer.
READ today's IPPR report on reducing our over consumption, over-fishing, decarbonising our economy, carbon neutral homes, carbon sequestration, the impact of human climate change and the loss of life giving habitats on the planet. Halve our emissions by 2030. "We have to do multiple things simultaneously in an integrated way ... working together." ('Today' on Radio 4, 12 Feb 2019)