Thursday, 16 August 2012

Yes to rail price rises?

Every cloud has a silver lining, and from a purely selfish point of view the above-inflation rail fare increases announced yesterday are not all bad. As fares shrink the radius of the commuter belt the knock-on effect of house price pressures on Suffolk are lessened, keeping the cost of my next home low. Conversely, inflationary pressures on London house prices are increased, maintaining the value to be released from my main asset. Fare increases also assist construction demand within the M25 - a win - and reduce construction demand in our prettiest Suffolk villages - also a win. Within London, the modal shift from train to cycle will increase, reducing overcrowding on existing services. That cyclists will then be exposed to Europe's highest levels of roadside carcinogenic PAHs from which those of us on trains are free is also a useful counter to their infuriating smugness. 

All in all, I think it's a plus.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your glee about cyclists being exposed to pollution is simply nasty.

G. Tingey said...

Wrong
The railways are much more nationalised now, than they were under BR, and they are more expensive.
Because private firms have to be bought off/paid slush-money, so that guvmint can claim that it's nothing to do with them.
Thank you Johm Major, you're a shite.

Raedwald said...

Anon - surely you're not suggesting that car drivers in London don't have the inalienable right to bring ill-health and premature death to thousands?

I've blogged before on the levels of PAHs produced by a cigarette smoker compared to those from vehicle exhausts. The two can't even be measured on the same scale.

Anonymous said...

That cyclists will then be exposed to Europe's highest levels of roadside carcinogenic PAHs from which those of us on trains are free is also a useful counter to their infuriating smugness.

LOL. The last indeed is a silver lining.

DP111

Weekend Yachtsman said...

"...their infurating smugness"

Brilliant, oh how I agree.

Just wait for Jackart to spot this, though!

Curmudgeon said...

Of course cyclists never want bad things to happen to car drivers, do they?