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5 hours ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Shapps has spotted a o... · 0 replies · +1 points

In the UK, were nowhere is more than 70 miles from the sea, it is almost always more efficient to move freight by truck, avoiding the costs for mode changes. The exceptions are oil pipelines, which have the lowest cost per tonne of product moved of any product, bulk coastwise movements, dedicated merry-go-round rail operations from port to power station, and just possibly on rail routes between Scotland and the South, where the mileage may help pay for the cost of two mode changes and marshalling yards. Most of the Eurotunnel traffic is ro-ro rather than through trains.

11 hours ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Shapps has spotted a o... · 1 reply · +1 points

If you don't know someone who can give you a lift you are poor indeed. But then you couldn't afford a train fare or flight either.

11 hours ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Shapps has spotted a o... · 2 replies · +1 points

It really is time to re-imagine the use of railway tracks, rather than trying to restore them to the global pre-eminence they enjoyed in the days when the Mallard set the speed record for a steam train.

Modern automated vehicles are the future, and they will only form virtual trains in the form of fuel saving convoys. They will not rely on steel rails. They will not require changes between origin and destination. They will offer door to door service for passengers and freight.

11 hours ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Shapps has spotted a o... · 1 reply · +1 points

Have you ever tried optimising a flight booking? Much the same applies.

12 hours ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Shapps has spotted a o... · 0 replies · +1 points

Rail franchises are in the business of maximising revenues subject to regulatory constraints. They do this by complex pricing in much the same manner as airlines. Book a long way ahead for an off peak journey, and it can be cheap, but there is a limit on the numbers of cheap seats so as to ensure that a larger demand for e.g. football supporters pay a premium that they will find hard to escape. Walk up for a rush hour peak and they will charge through the nose, as they assume you have little alternative. Some discounts for large commitments - so various group fares, and season ticket being a saving against peak fares, etc. Premium fares on direct, fast services.

12 hours ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Shapps has spotted a o... · 3 replies · +1 points

No indeed. Private cars and taxis do a much better job than buses, providing an on demand service to your door should you need to take a train or fly.

12 hours ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Shapps has spotted a o... · 0 replies · +1 points

Presumably the cost is that they actually have some slightly newer rolling stock these days, and perhaps the electricity bill has soared?

12 hours ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Shapps has spotted a o... · 2 replies · +1 points

Is it? Trains are largely automated these days, so drivers are mostly observers.

12 hours ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Shapps has spotted a o... · 0 replies · +1 points

The going rate seems to be about £55,000 a year, which is quite well paid.

12 hours ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Shapps has spotted a o... · 0 replies · +1 points

That claim needs proper substantiation, using inflation adjusted data. I doubt it is true, since privatised rail has increased passenger numbers and revenues without a concomitant increase in costs, many of which are fixed.