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Traffic jams, trams and going nowhere
I DON’T see how Coun Andy D’Agorne can argue that electrifying the York-Harrogate-Leeds line has a better cost benefit over dualling the A1237 (Letters, October 15).
How can you compare two modes of transport unless they duplicate one another? A better comparison would be the A59 with the York-Harrogate line.
However, I do agree with him that the “Poppleton Thunderbolt” should be electrified, and the single-track sections between York and Knaresborough doubled.
But I must point out to him that for a successful tram-train system to function there has to be a tramway attached to the line at some point.
The tram-train concept was pioneered in Karlsruhe, in Germany, and has since been adopted in other towns and cities in Europe.
York got rid of its trams in 1935, Leeds in 1959, and Harrogate never had trams, so unless new tramways are also to be built – highly unlikely – the concept can’t work.
If I could hop on a tram in Bishopthorpe Road and get off in Harrogate, I would be very happy!
Fr John Ridgeway-Wood Darnborough Street, York.
I READ Green councilor Andy D’Agorne’s letter of October 15 about the ring road with mounting wonderment that people actually believe the “save the planet” myth.
Had, I wondered, Andy at last realised that man-made global warming is mythical and no more than a convenient method of raising cash via taxation?
Then, at the end of his letter, came the inevitable “——and save the planet”.
Leaving aside the simple fact that a dual ring-road round York would be the answer to the slow-moving traffic on the single carriageway, there are a few simple facts Andy should consider.
There are around one million motor vehicles (cars and commercials) and two million engines produced annually in Britain. Worldwide, the production of internal combustion engine cars reached 60 million in 2012.
Those 60 million new vehicles are on top of the countless millions already on the road.
These figures illustrate clearly that, despite the ludicrous “wind farms” Governments erect as a sop to placate the Greens, the Government doesn’t really care one jot about global warming.
As for making the single-carriage A1237 a dual carriageway, could anyone imagine how bad the M25, round London would have been if it was part-dual and part single-carriageway?
Philip Roe, Roman Avenue South, Stamford Bridge, York.
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