Edinburgh is getting its trams back, well one route. It is a prime example of how not to build a new tram line. It is over engineered. It will be opened four years late and it is hundreds of millions of pounds over budget. They have tried to offload some of the trams they bought which they have found to be surplus to what they need, but there are no takers. It is a disgrace and sadly discouraging to other British cities who are considering a tram or light rail. In other parts of Britain, light rail is successfully expanding.
The Blackpool to Fleetwood tram system has been completely renovated, new tracks, electric wiring, new depot and a fleet of new trams with the famous old Blackpool trams to be kept for tourists and special occasions.
Europe, broke as she is, keeps expanding her rail network with high speed trains flying in all directions. The Eurostar, London to the Continent train, is making a healthy profit and a seat often has to be booked well in advance.
London has just scrapped its bus service at the long and short term airport carparks that service Heathrow's Terminal 5. Now you hop into a driverless pod and are quickly delivered to the terminal.
In Sydney Max Wilton, I remember him, Max the Axe, an influential bureaucrat in the office of ex PM Howard, has suggested that the Liberal state government should just get on and build a light rail system to the south east of Sydney and forget about the multi million dollar studies of viability. I am with him on that. Jesus, how hard is it? It is so obvious. When bus service get crowded to point that no more can fit on a continual line of buses, then you need rail transport.
I just came across these remarkable figures which clearly indicate our state wants more train services yesterday. V Line, that is country services including those that run to Melbourne, has had passenger numbers double in six years. The Bendigo line alone has seen an increase of 129% in just five years.
Meanwhile in our state, nothing much is happening, except for feasibility studies. But this time, we might be on a winner. Teddy needs to have some good electoral advantage at the next election. These studies may come up trumps and get partially delivered during his second term. He might be on a winner for a third term as the projects are completed and new ones are advanced.
Or maybe not.
Can't mention Blackpool trams without again posting my favourite Blackpool tram picture. For you delectation once again: