Monday, September 29, 2008

Tories Let The Train Take The Strain ...

The Tories say they would scrap plans for a third runway at Heathrow and build a high-speed rail line instead. They are proposing to create a new line linking London St Pancras, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds - saying it would cut Heathrow flights by 66,000 a year.

As one who would zip up and down the country on a regular basis in my previous life, I know that the trains are actually quite good now, as opposed to their previous reputation. And as for cutting out check-in times (what is it now? 3 hours? 2 days?) and being able to carry a bottle of harmless water on board...

Trains will do it - IF - and it's a big if - the franchises are price-controlled. How ridiculous would it be if the train was so much more expensive than the flight... ?