London has Boris and the West Coast Main Line will have HS2 to improve transport, but what does the north of England have for this?
Whilst transport into the city regions of Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle has political focus and management, what about the transport between these regions?
Take for example a journey I take regularly from home in Formby to a Client near Rochdale. There are two options, the East Lancs Road or the M62. Both grindingly slow, the M62 is the worst option where a 4 lane motorway becomes 2 lanes in one part near Warrington.
Public transport is sadly not an option, unless I want to take up to 3 hours to travel 40 road miles.
The only link across the north is the woeful Northern Rail. Grinding along on ancient stock, this dismal train franchise does not seem to run for the public. A classic example is late night services from Manchester Victoria. This railway station sits below Manchester Arena, so you can have up to 19,000 people wanting to get home after events which finish at 11pm. Some rail services were moved from a 11:10 pm departure to 11pm several years ago, meaning the car is not the only option for events at the arena. Does Northern Rail not want our money outside of peak times?
This is not saying we need more politicians, but we need a project such as a “Crossrail for the North” linking Merseyside to Newcastle. We are getting electrification between Liverpool and Manchester, which the Government has thankfully extended to Leeds (and beyond). Sadly this electrification is nothing but an infill scheme that should have been completed between the prolonged electrification of the West Coast Main Line.
HS2 is bold and Crossrail is fast approaching, but they are not currently helping the North, so putting political boundaries aside, is something radical needed such as a “Northern Boris”, and get the North of England moving again.
Having participated in and read the resulting report from the Government repeal of the Site Waste Management Plan regulations, I think this is right as the EA do not have resources to regulate legal requirements, some of which are rarely met.
SWMP could be deemed to have been doomed from the start, being rolled out to environmental specialists in construction. Being one myself, we don’t
• Estimate & cost
• Project Manage
All of which are functions which are vital for SWMP in their current format to work. Over complicated plan templates have not helped as, during the recession, contractors had to be lean on staff resources and SWMP could be passed to site managers to complete who were at the end of the design chain.
The over onerous legal requirements, such as having to review the SWMP at least every 6 months and having a post completion review have found difficult for the industry to manage and have proven, as a lead auditor, inevitable audit nonconformities.
However, I am optimistic that contractors, without the legal burden, will embrace SWMP as a useful tool for planning and implementing effective waste management. A concern is that many will leave the plan behind when the legislation is repealed in December 2013, but from reading the Government response it appears that larger main contractors and clients will specify SWMP are still used, so please don’t scrap them in your organisation.
Written by diemltd
September 23, 2013 at 11:46
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Friday 12 July 2013 @ 5:30pm
The Bulls Head
Wilpshire, Blackburn, BB1 9BQ
Adjacent to Ramsgreave & Wilpshire Railway Station
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Written by David Inman
July 7, 2013 at 10:43
Ever sat somewhere that’s uncomfortable? Maybe at work, or a long haul flight? Maybe on an appalling Northern Rail Class 142 “Pacer”?
Built by an appallingly low-tech combination of placing a British Leyand designed bus derived body onto a British Rail freight chassis, these trains can have all the ride quality of the Wild Mouse at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
The picture posted is of one such until operated by Northern Rail, who must not give any consideration of passenger comfort (via ride quality or temperature control) or safety by the historic and original BR seat design. Sadly Northern have no plans afoot to replace then and their franchise has been extended until 2016.
Northern is 50% owned by the Dutch state railway and it raises the question whether the rail reliant Dutch commuter would tolerate such poor levels of comfort.
However there is some good news on the horizon as under the Disability Discrimination Act 2005, all trains will need to be accessible by 1 January 2020. Pacers are unable to meet this requirement so will have to be withdrawn by the end of 2019.
Sadly, unless some thought is given to phasing these fiends out sooner, we could have another 7 years of being shaken, rattled and rolled on Pacers.
I’ve been fascinated for a while about what’s above the “submarine pens” at Euston Station. A few weeks ago I took this photo from the 1st class lounge and it’s surprising how much potential gross external area the roof and old parcels depot above the station could have.
Now HS2 will take up much of this, but just think of the rare opportunity to develop such a large area in London, albeit above the platforms at Euston.
Emergency prepareness and response, including testing this, is a requirement of the ISO 14001 environmental management standard, plus makes good business sence.
This webinar discusses some easy to use techniques on how to do this
Written by David Inman
September 4, 2012 at 09:26
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QHS Solutions Ltd are hosting a half day Environmental & Waste Management Explained course in Burnley on Friday 26th October.
Delivered by Chartered Environmental Surveyor and Chartered Environmentalist David Inman, of Blackburn based environmental consultants DIEM Ltd, this course will give sensible and practical expert advice on reducing environmental and waste management risks and potential costs, plus demystify some common environmental challenges that businesses face today.
For more details and to book please contact Alison at QHS Solutions on: