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The people within reach

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The whole of page four of Transport for the North’s Northern powerhouse rail booklet is given over to a diagram of how it would supposedly change the ‘number of people within reach of four or more city regions’.

But it is not clear how these figures were arrived at, and they do not appear to make sense.

Northern powerhouse rail booklet, people within reach of 4 or more city regions

Does Transport for the North have an explanation of the diagram?

Judging by their complete lack of response, it would appear that they don’t.

Written by beleben

September 5, 2018 at 1:25 pm

Posted in Planning, Politics, Railways

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  1. Well, they’ve categorically counted me four times in various catchment areas. At present, as they define it, I live within roughly an hour of Leeds, an hour of Manchester, forty minutes to Sheffield and an hour from Manchester airport if the traffic over Mottram Moor in the city’s eastern sprawl isn’t a mess. For any reader who is uninitiated to that part of the world, it usually is, due to utterly incompetent urban planning.

    Trouble is, that timeframe is because I own a car. If my Northern Powerhouse Rail commute involved me slogging off into my local town centre, to get to either Manchester or Leeds, there is no point in bothering.

    Sheffield to Manchester will never happen as NPR project, because that would certainly involve reinstating the route over Woodhead tunnel/Penistone, and that would involve the government admitting that turning that line in a rural bike path/dog toilet was a mistake. You would need to bore new tunnels at Woodhead, and probably even at Standedge, because none of the existing bores can meet disability access regulations. The government will never spend that much money in locations such as that.

    (Standedge, for the uninitiated, is near to where that massive moorland grass fire occurred recently, the valley below it is an absolute canyon that is stuffed full of houses.)

    It would not be possible to run a high speed rail system through the Peak District any other way, other than digging “base” tunnels dozens kilometers in length, which isn’t going to happen, simply because, at it’s most churlish, it involves spending money on something that doesn’t benefit London.

    Beleben in some ways is wrong. It’s not actually the broader economics of the distances, which he rightly questions, it is literally the simple practicalities of the geography that can be seen on Google maps, that mean they will never willingly spend that much money upon this nonsense.

    Andrew S. Mooney

    September 5, 2018 at 6:29 pm

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