Boris Johnson will reinstate local railway lines axed under the Beeching cuts in the 1960s as part of a package of measures to rejuvenate provincial towns. The Conservatives will make a manifesto pledge to spend £500 million opening branch lines that closed more than 50 years ago, starting with routes in the north of England. Writing in The Daily Telegraph, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps promises the plan will: “Banish the shadow of Beeching and restore those connections which made our country great and brought our people together.”
Telegraph 15th Nov 2019 read more »
Another revolution is in the offing with wind powered cargo ships making a comeback, resurrecting a technology which many believed had been confined to the history books. Rising fuel costs and the drive to decarbonise shipping is paving the way for the modern equivalent of clipper ships – such as the Cutty Sark – to sail the seas once more. Underpinning the revolution is the International Maritime Organisation, which has set a target of bringing shipping carbon emissions down to half their 2008 level by 2050. A form of sea-travel made famous this year by climate change activist Greta Thunberg has been quietly absorbing the global shipping industry.
Telegraph 14th Nov 2019 read more »