The Anonymous Widower

Borders Rail Campaign ‘Vindicated’ By HS2 Report

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Railnews.

This is the introductory paragraph.

Campaigners who are calling for the Borders Railway to be completed between Tweedbank, Hawick and Carlisle say they have been ‘vindicated’ by a new report from the High Speed Rail Group for submission to the National Infrastructure Commission, which recommends the completion of the railway on the grounds of ‘economic regeneration, social inclusion, and strategic deployment of network capacity made possible by the construction of HS2’.

I would agree with all that!

I also feel, that the more you put quality rail links between important centres of population, the more passenger traffic it generates, which improves the lives of the many.

When I had my stroke, I was living a couple of miles away from Dullingham station in Suffolk. I could get a lift to the station and it was my route to Cambridge, Ipswich or London.

Trains have improved dramatically on that line over the last ten years and although the passenger numbers have only increased slightly, I can see them increasing further in the future. Especially, as new stations are added to the route.

 

 

June 12, 2020 Posted by | Transport | , | Leave a comment

Gas Network Operators And Energy Suppliers Urge Government To Promote Hydrogen-Fueled Recovery

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Business Green.

This is the introductory paragraph.

In a letter to Chancellor Rishi Sunak, Siemens Energy, Engie, National Grid, and Ryse Hydrogen call for the government to emulate its successful approach to offshore wind development and set an official cost reduction target for green hydrogen.

I think they’re right.

There has also been lots of comment in recent days on The Times web site arguing for more hydrogen.

Points from the Business Green article include.

  • Develop a policy  for carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS), that was promised in its manifesto.
  • Carbon capture and storage would allow the production of zero-carbon blue hydrogen from natural gas.
  • The signatories have £900 million ready to invest in a zero-carbon gas grid in the UK.
  • Plans will be unveiled before the COP26 conference.
  • More emphasis by government on hydrogen buses and HGVs is needed.

The government and the gas industry must work together to deliver an economy, that is as near to zero-carbon as possible.

 

June 12, 2020 Posted by | Transport, World | , , , , , | 1 Comment