The Anonymous Widower

An Interesting Correlation With Job Creation

Today, the Centre For Cities published their Cities Outlook 2015. The report is discussed here on the BBC web site, in a report entitled Economic growth ‘dramatically’ diverges between North and South.

They compare the top five cities; Milton Keynes, London, Cambridge, Brighton and Bournemouth for job creation with the five worst; Gloucester, Rochdale, Blackpool, Newport and Hull and conclude that the performance difference is due to the five best being in the south-east.

They can make their point, but if you look at the next five best and worst, I believe another pattern is starting to emerge.

In sixth to tenth place are Portsmouth, Coventry, Newcastle, Aberdeen and Nottingham and the next five worst are Grimsby, Huddersfield, Swindon, Wigan and Burnley.

I’m going to put a list of the top and bottom cities together with how many trains there are with less than two changes to London after 20:00 and what the time of the last direct or one-change train leaves.

This is the top ten.

Milton Keynes – > >20 trains with last train 00:24

London – N/A

Cambridge – >20 with last train 23:22

Brighton – 15 trains with last train 23:05

Bournemouth – 7 trains with last train 23:12

Portsmouth – 12 trains with last train 23:19

Coventry – 11 trains with last train 23:31

Newcastle – 3 trains with last train 21:15

Aberdeen – Not relevant, but you can fly after 20:00

Nottingham – 5 trains with last train 21:32

And this is the bottom ten.

Burnley – 1 train with last train 20:12

Wigan – 3 trains with last train 21:28

Swindon – 6 trains with last train 23:16

Huddersfield – 4 trains with last train 21:12

Grimsby – 1 train with last train 20:34

Hull – 2 trains with last train 20:57

Newport – 3 trains with last train 21:43

Blackpool – 1 train with last train 20:21

Rochdale – 1 train with last train 20:00

Gloucester – 3 trains with last train at 22:14.

I think it is true to say that for the top ten in the creating jobs table, they have much better return trains to London in the evening than the bottom ten.

Some of those in the bottom ten like Grimsby, Hull, Blackpool and Rochdale have truly dreadful services back to London.

I haven’t looked at the outward journey in any detail, but surely if the return is bad, the outward journey would be of a reduced standard.

So some of these cities are not only a long way to drive, but a complete pain on the train. Would you establish or expand a manufacturing plant or offices, if you knew that every trip might have to incorporate an overnight stay? Given that you could now fly to a lot of places in Europe, do a day’s work sand return to your own bed.

It is my view that we could improve the productivity of decision makers , many of whom are based in the London area, solely because London has such a large population, by ensuring that every major town and city south of Hadrian’s Wall could be reached from the capital in a reasonable time with no more than a single change.

One effect of this would be to create a multiplicity of places, where perhaps a new factory was located, or you’d be going to get something you needed manufactured. All too often, certain cities have advantages over their rivals, as when the money was being dolled out a few years ago, they got an improved railway or a better station.



January 19, 2015 Posted by | Transport | | 2 Comments

It Must Be Warm, As I’ve Put My Electric Blanket Away

I’ve taken my electric blanket off the bed, as I have found I’ve not used it for some months.

The bed ceretainly feels more comfortable and the only new problem I’ve got is that I can’t fold it up to put it away.


January 19, 2015 Posted by | World | , | 2 Comments

London’s New Bridge

It’s not often that London gets a new bridge. But the swing bridge over Deptford Creek opened today.

They even closed it so, that I could walk over the creek.

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