On the right lines

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First published in Letters by

THE bold suggestion by Christian Vassie about bringing trams back to York is praiseworthy.

UK cities which have adopted this have seen a significant drop in demand for private car access. Tram-train hybrids are set to be trialled between Rotherham and Sheffield.

These will use Network Rail tracks for much of their journey, but returning to the street at either end.

Might this concept be extended to Haxby-York with trams terminating at the former Hull bay platform, at the station’s north end? A similar link from the York to Harrogate line could be routed via the York Central development site.

I was pleased to note the positive responses from most politicians. Predictably the Tories seized the opportunity to criticise the current administration’s perceived “anti-car” policy.

Defending the “right” to drive anywhere at any time will bring gridlock to our city sooner rather than later. Our finite road space must be prioritised for its most efficient users, and for those who genuinely have no alternative. This includes those with heavy loads and blue badge holders.

York’s iTravel website at itravelyork.info has helpful advice for all travel choices. The local transport plan seeks to create further reductions in car dependency. Some councillors conveniently forget this as elections loom.

Paul Hepworth, Windmill Rise, York.

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11:28am Fri 29 Aug 14

sheps lad says...

Gridlock,finite road space blah blah blah! You never miss a chance!
Gridlock,finite road space blah blah blah! You never miss a chance! sheps lad
  • Score: -12

12:36pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Pinza-C55 says...

This would give PP a whole world of things to moan about -
http://www.edinburgh
news.scotsman.com/ne
ws/transport/video-m
ore-cyclists-fall-on
-lethal-tram-tracks-
1-3152608
Not that we would laugh of course.
This would give PP a whole world of things to moan about - http://www.edinburgh news.scotsman.com/ne ws/transport/video-m ore-cyclists-fall-on -lethal-tram-tracks- 1-3152608 Not that we would laugh of course. Pinza-C55
  • Score: -6

4:19pm Fri 29 Aug 14

bolero says...

I was trying to remember what you call that part of the cycle that the pedal is attached to. I've just remembered ; it's a crank isn't it? Now how did that come to mind?
I was trying to remember what you call that part of the cycle that the pedal is attached to. I've just remembered ; it's a crank isn't it? Now how did that come to mind? bolero
  • Score: -3

4:49pm Fri 29 Aug 14

wallman says...

see you are on the side of blue badges now. Do you now have 1?
see you are on the side of blue badges now. Do you now have 1? wallman
  • Score: -3

7:25pm Fri 29 Aug 14

notpedallingpaul says...

sheps lad wrote:
Gridlock,finite road space blah blah blah! You never miss a chance!
I had to laugh at part of pedalling paul aka Paul Hepworth's comment ........ I was pleased to note the positive responses from most politicians. Predictably the Tories seized the opportunity to criticise the current administration’s perceived “anti-car” policy.
You are the one person who single handedly promotes anti-car rhetoric more than anyone on these pages, would love to see tram tracks all over the city, just the thing to get your bike wheels caught in!
[quote][p][bold]sheps lad[/bold] wrote: Gridlock,finite road space blah blah blah! You never miss a chance![/p][/quote]I had to laugh at part of pedalling paul aka Paul Hepworth's comment ........ I was pleased to note the positive responses from most politicians. Predictably the Tories seized the opportunity to criticise the current administration’s perceived “anti-car” policy. You are the one person who single handedly promotes anti-car rhetoric more than anyone on these pages, would love to see tram tracks all over the city, just the thing to get your bike wheels caught in! notpedallingpaul
  • Score: -40

8:52pm Fri 29 Aug 14

bolero says...

notpedallingpaul wrote:
sheps lad wrote:
Gridlock,finite road space blah blah blah! You never miss a chance!
I had to laugh at part of pedalling paul aka Paul Hepworth's comment ........ I was pleased to note the positive responses from most politicians. Predictably the Tories seized the opportunity to criticise the current administration’s perceived “anti-car” policy.
You are the one person who single handedly promotes anti-car rhetoric more than anyone on these pages, would love to see tram tracks all over the city, just the thing to get your bike wheels caught in!
Chance would be a fine thing.
[quote][p][bold]notpedallingpaul[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sheps lad[/bold] wrote: Gridlock,finite road space blah blah blah! You never miss a chance![/p][/quote]I had to laugh at part of pedalling paul aka Paul Hepworth's comment ........ I was pleased to note the positive responses from most politicians. Predictably the Tories seized the opportunity to criticise the current administration’s perceived “anti-car” policy. You are the one person who single handedly promotes anti-car rhetoric more than anyone on these pages, would love to see tram tracks all over the city, just the thing to get your bike wheels caught in![/p][/quote]Chance would be a fine thing. bolero
  • Score: -3

9:46pm Fri 29 Aug 14

strangebuttrue? says...

There can be only one reason why Paul would support this - because it is blatantly another way of closing down roads to cars. Can you imagine trans running all over York you would never get past them achieving the councils stated aim to ensure travelling by bus is quicker than travelling by car which in reality means slowing down car journeys.
There can be only one reason why Paul would support this - because it is blatantly another way of closing down roads to cars. Can you imagine trans running all over York you would never get past them achieving the councils stated aim to ensure travelling by bus is quicker than travelling by car which in reality means slowing down car journeys. strangebuttrue?
  • Score: -29

12:42am Sat 30 Aug 14

strangebuttrue? says...

Score adjuster being a bit more subtle nowadays
Score adjuster being a bit more subtle nowadays strangebuttrue?
  • Score: -29

12:43am Sat 30 Aug 14

strangebuttrue? says...

Well either that or it is getting lazy.
Well either that or it is getting lazy. strangebuttrue?
  • Score: -53

8:42am Sat 30 Aug 14

bolero says...

Or more cranky.
Or more cranky. bolero
  • Score: -3

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