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Re: Will Brits Take Action To Fight Climate Change

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Back to shipping freight on the railways would be a start.
It worked well... until Mr. Beeching fixed it.: Can see no reason for it not to work again.

Ditch the HS2 vanity vanity type of project and spend the dosh getting freight back on the rails. Might even create jobs in areas that need them.

The further afield from the Londom centric mindset the better.
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Back to shipping freight on the railways would be a start.
The road transport lobby is politically very powerful - so it isn't going to happen!

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Re: Will Brits Take Action To Fight Climate Change

The trouble with putting freight on the railways is you still need lorries to load and unload the trains! I suspect that's the main reason freight left the railways in the first place, the extra transhipment takes more time and costs more money. Also, during the day at least the rails are pretty much full with passenger traffic.
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Re: Will Brits Take Action To Fight Climate Change

Perhaps, if we can catch them young enough when they stilll think outside the box, the future generation can change things around?

Food for thought: https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/envir...id=mailsignout

As for man's best friend etc., causing climate damage... https://www.greenmatters.com/news/20...collies-forest
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The trouble with putting freight on the railways is you still need lorries to load and unload the trains! I suspect that's the main reason freight left the railways in the first place, the extra transhipment takes more time and costs more money. Also, during the day at least the rails are pretty much full with passenger traffic.
No; the reason rail freight failed was that it became too slow, expensive and inefficient with increasing numbers of strikes leaving freight stranded in marshalling yards around the country, which in the case of perishable goods was disastrous.

Until the 1960's mixed freight and passenger traffic was commonplace, but that became incompatible with higher speed passenger trains. Loading and unloading goods at stations also took time which would probably be unacceptable in today's fast paced world.

Interestingly, the most expensive element of freight transportation was distributing goods the final few miles from the railway station to the customer. Back in the day Rougeline, sorry, Roadline was set up to handle this freight but road hauliers started dropping their loads at local railway stations for local distribution which effectively bankrupted the operation.
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Re: Will Brits Take Action To Fight Climate Change

What can the British do (broaden this to the whole of the UK) to reduce climate change due to the effects of shipping? Reduce imports / exports? Use sailing galleons? Battery powered ships? None of those in fact, we're not an island when it comes to international trade, we rely on goods and raw materials from around the world.
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Start with non essentials...

Ban all exercise. Simple conservation of energy...

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Ban all exercise. Simple conservation of energy...


Following my recent eye operation I was told to avoid heavy lifting, strenuous exercise and contact sports. This was not an onerous requirement .
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What can the British do (broaden this to the whole of the UK) to reduce climate change due to the effects of shipping? Reduce imports / exports? Use sailing galleons? Battery powered ships?
The Swedes and Norwegians are in fact building and using battery powered ships for 'internal' routes, but then both Sweden and Norway have plentiful supplies of hydro-electricity.

This is something that may well work for some of Scotland's shorter ferry routes given the amount of wind power generated north of the border.
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