Category Archives: Railways

Plus, More or Max?

The Yes campaign says that Better Together and the Noes need to come up with a positive vision for Scotland. I think that we already have plenty – I’ve seen at least two versions of “Devo Plus” and “Devo More”, … Continue reading

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Here’s what I would have said

Here is the text of the speech I would have given if I had managed to catch the eye of the chair in today’s debate on Transport at Scottish labour conference: Chair, Conference Thank you. John Ruddy, Angus CLP and first time … Continue reading

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A vision for Scotland’s Railways

I wrote earlier this year, that the SNP didn’t seem to get Railways. The last forward planning document from the Scottish Government was published in 2006, when Labour was in power. The ScotRail franchise comes up for renewal in 2014, … Continue reading

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Question Time in Portlethen

Not the BBC programme, but a panel discussion organised by Labour’s candidate for Portlethen in next May’s local elections, Alison Evison. Chaired by UNISON’s Sarah Duncan, it provided a good insight into people’s concerns as well as showing that Labour is on their side. Continue reading

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Conference Day Three: Oil and Coffee for breakfast

Well, day three has started early with a fringe meeting: Untying the Knot, cutting the link between transport and oil. Stephen Joseph must think I’m stalking him. Plenty of coffee was available to get us going this early in the … Continue reading

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Conference Day Zero: Sparks Effect

I have now arrived in Liverpool, or to be more precise, Rock Ferry. My journey showed me the contrast between those parts of our rail network which have had investment, and those which have not. Continue reading

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Nationalise the Railways

I’ve been moved to write this post after reading something similar on Liberal Democrat Voice about bringing the railways back into public ownership. I think that what the last Labour Government did (or rather didn’t) do about our railway system … Continue reading

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