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Old 25-03-2019, 05:12 PM
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How would you fix UK Transport

Congratulations, you are now the Transport Minister for the UK. How do you fix issues with cars, how do you fix issues with buses, with rail and with airports.

Roads

Make every motorway a smart motorway, but, allow this to increase speed limits in "perfect" conditions from 70 to 80.

Abolish road tax and make it a legal requirement for every vehicle to be fitted with a GPS Tracker that will then weekly/monthly/yearly charge 1p per mile driven. Discounts will be available to business/freight etc. and off-peak time of travel.

This fund will then go straight into road development funds and funds into new fuel technology working alongside manufacturers.

Cap fuel pricing at 1 per litre for petrol and 1.10 for diesel.

Fully motorway the A1 from London to Scotland.

Extend the M5 Motorway from Exeter to Penzance.
Extend the M11 Motorway from Cambridge to Hull.

Create three new East to West Motorways by upgrading the A14, A66 and A69
Create a new motorway from the M11 to Norwich (the M12?)

Create a North to South Welsh Motorway from Cardiff to Chester and a new West to East Welsh Motorway from Holyhead to Shrewsbury.

Trains

Fully electrify the entire UK Rail Network.

Standardise all carriages and facilities on board to create one big network.

Introduce a pay as you go 1p per mile (based on track distances). Discounts will be available to business/freight etc. and off-peak time of travel.

Create a new London Orbital Railway that vaguely follows the path of the M25 with big parking areas at certain points to encourage people to stay away from Central London for commuting.

Create a new West to East "Cornwall to Kent" railway that avoids London.

Create a sport railcard that will give you access to pre-paid but, changeable tickets for any sporting event registered onto the website. Governing bodies - the FA, the RFU etc. will need to register the events.

Buses

Non-Profit, every penny from fares put back into network improvements. Especially rural routes.

1p per mile with discounts for Under 16s, 18s and OAPS and off-peak travelling.

Airplanes

Two new national airports to be built, one in the South, in-between the M4, M5 and M40 in the South with dedicated motorway and public transport links. One to be built in the North in-between the A1(M), M6 and new A69(M)/A66(M) Motorways.

Offer improvements to Newcastle/Manchester/Cardiff/Edinburgh/Southampton/Birmingham Airports.
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Move all the British to France and all the French to Britain. Sortied.
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Link hs1 and HS2.
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That’s a generic answer to how would you fix anything.
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Interesting thread, I look forward to reading the proposals
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Norwich has it nailed, largely.
Roads
I am working from old figures I studied in the early 1990's, but most of the Road Tax goes into Government coffers, and only around 10% is spent on roads. There is also the conflicts between local Government spending and National Government giving funds.
Road Tax income must have increased in recent years, due to :
The increase in vehicles on the road
The new vehicle tax system which means you can't transfer tax between keepers.
Scrap the MOT system and create more death on the roads to reduce the population.

Road tax monies to be used to increase bus services, particularly in rural areas

Rail
Renationalise the rail system

air travel
You pay a tax on your air ticket of how overweight you are. That money would be siphoned into Government coffers. It wouldn't reduce air travel, or pollution, but it would make it seem like a Government was doing something,.....when it actually wasn't.

Sanction the use of un-airworthy aircraft to reduce immigration, reduce the population of the UK and create jobs in the emergency services.

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Old 25-03-2019, 06:23 PM
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Move jobs out of the cities to the commuter towns where people live.
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Old 25-03-2019, 06:38 PM
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Move jobs out of the cities to the commuter towns where people live.
Hmmm. Not entirely practical.
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Step 2: scrap Heathrow expansion plans. Build international airport hub at Manston, Kent. Improve HS1 with non stop service into London.
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Watched a video on yoootoob explaining that the highest rated train line was one that didn't "own" a rail franchise (Like South Eastern/Southern) but an open access operator that rented slots on a franchise rail line. Grand Central, i think.

Anyway, it pointed to a lack of competitiveness on the actual train lines.

Stop selling frachises to single operators and add a bit of competition to the lines.

Also, make the ***** pay for and carry out infastructure renewals.
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Hmmm. Not entirely practical.
They could try. Tbf they're doing it a bit like moving jobs to Croydon and Stratford but there is scope for more.
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Spend trillions getting back into the EU. Spend further trillions working with EU partners to flatten the entire UK and start from scratch. We'll need our EU partners to take us in temporarily whilst we flatten every inch of the UK to totally revolutionise transportation with autonomous vehicles. You don't need buses, trains and cars, you need interconnectable pods that can form any sort of larger vehicle depending on your needs and available routing. Because human idiots are taking away from the controls, pods can be so much smaller; so much smaller that they can be folded up and stored in the shed if you own rather than rent one on-demand.
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Oh, and it also acts as a ******* ginormous quantitative easing exercise where everyone benefits rather than swivel eyed ***** like JRM.
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They could try. Tbf they're doing it a bit like moving jobs to Croydon and Stratford but there is scope for more.
Without getting anecdotal, my own business is in W1. I could run it for a whole lot less if it was in Croydon, but that would be barely fair to my staff who come from north, south east and west.


I should be able to run my business where I want, thank you, without government interference.
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Build international airport hub at Manston, Kent. Improve HS1 with non stop service into London.
Interesting.

One of the reasons cited for ceasing production of the A380 was that the airport 'Hub' idea had not caught on and the advent of smaller long range, twin engined jets, capable of point to point journeys from regional airports, is what passengers want.

And yet a massive expansion of the Heathrow 'Hub' is still on the cards
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Without getting anecdotal, my own business is in W1. I could run it for a whole lot less if it was in Croydon, but that would be barely fair to my staff who come from north, south east and west.


I should be able to run my business where I want, thank you, without government interference.
Trains to London in the morning arrive full and go out empty. Planes by comparison try to be full each way. So the commuter network runs at half capacity. It is for government to find ways to change that. It would increase capacity at little cost if they could find a way.
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