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This year’s West Midlands Great Debate saw an almost total consensus among the audience over the realisation of the HS2 railway.
Majority of the people who took part in the event raised their hands when asked by debate chairman Evan Davis if they were in favour of the project.
But through the web and social media, against-HS2 campaign groups heavily criticised the event.
The event was organised by Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and other professional institutes working in the built environment sector.
The project, which is planned to initially connect London Euston and Birmingham, has recently gone through the supervision of the Supreme Court due to alleged environmental impact assessment inaccuracies.
Watch the video of the debate or read the round-up below:
According to it, London, West Midlands and the North West are the best performing rail regions in terms of overall services, while the East of England and Wales remain low on accessibility.
Overall benchmarking scores put West Midlands and the North West at second place with 50%. London stood at first place here, with 59%.
In terms of growth and usage, London was the highest at 73%, followed by the South East at 56% and the West Midlands at 51%. Factors analysed were trips per head, 10-year growth rate and rail mode share.
The research – Benchmarking Rail Services Across Great Britain - was carried out by consultants, Credo, in association with Campaign for Better Transport.
Peter Wilkinson, director of franchising, Department for Transport said:
“There are challenges for all regions in improving performance. The industry and local government must consider how we best work together to tackle the issues this report raises.”
However, on the service quality front, both London and the West Midlands were quite low with 36% and 41% respectively, compared to the highest scores in Scotland at 55%.
Accessibility scores remain high for London at 68%, followed by the West Midlands at 57%, despite having low value for money scores. East of England emerged the lowest in this category at 17%.
Scottish rail services – which operate under a devolved management for the Scotrail franchise – showed high passenger satisfaction, while Welsh rail services had relatively low levels of usage, accessibility and satisfaction, including the second lowest level for accessibility at 22%.
The research recommends focus on passenger satisfaction around key themes of station cleanliness, security, investments on fleet modernisation and locally identified fare subsidies.
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“Our European Union membership has been of great benefit to disabled people – for instance the European Equal Employment directive. Leaving the EU will mean we will go backwards in such things”
said Richard Rieser, founder of Disable History Month.
He chaired the round table session at Moving On Accessible Transport 2013 held at the Coventry Transport Museum on 23 November.
More from him on Europe, UK and accessible transport:
3 out of 5 taxi drivers refuse to take me, said Sarah Rennie, a wheelchair user who has been using taxis for over 10 years in Birmingham.
Sarah’s comment at the Moving On Accessible Transport 2013 led to an entire segment of discussions on whether licences should be suspended for drivers found discriminating against disabled passengers.
“Why do I need to plan my life with military precision just because I’m on a wheelchair”
Many others like Zara shared their views as regular public transport and road users, and accessibility and transport experts and the challenges they face every day at the Coventry Transport Museum.
A roundup of the discussions:
More VIDEOS and AUDIOS soon on Brum Transport from Zara Todd, Sarah Rennie, Richard Rieser
Could local councils replace helicopters with camera-drones to monitor traffic and carry out land surveys?
While various cycling groups continue to campaign for better safety of cyclists on the city streets, another fatal collision was reported on Friday morning.
55 year old mother of five, Muthumanaka Pinhamy died on Friday after a collision with a lorry on her way to work.
The ‘Live in Hope’ group continues to campaign for the safety of cyclists and their demand to reduce HGVs on the roads:
Chris Lowe, a cyclist from the campaign group Push Bikes, explained to Brum Transport the problems cyclists face at traffic junctions while trying to cross the streets.
In the video here, Chris is at a traffic junction Great Charles Street Queensway. He crosses this junction everyday on his way to work.
“We either have to learn to cycle in traffic or get off the bike and push it across the street – and neither of them is the best solution. We want a solution that makes a cyclist feel safe.”
Earlier on Brum Transport: AUDIO – Mum stops traffic in Kings Heath to make streets safer for cyclists.
Soon to follow: Graham Lennard from the Birmingham City Council on what are the next steps with the £24m cycling funds.
Demanding stronger action against careless drivers, Nazan Fennell has decided continue her campaign for making streets safer for cyclists.
Last weekend what started as a memorial bike ride turned into a protest, and led to tailbacks of vehicles on the Kings Heath High Street, after she heard a first hand account of her daughter’s accident.
Nazan lost her 13 year old daughter Hope in November 2011 to an accident on the Kings Heath High Street.
Hope was on her way back from school and was trying to cross the street on her bike, when she was trapped under the wheels of an 18 ton lorry.
Talking about the protest held in Kings Heath last Saturday, she said,
“I had never heard a first hand account of last few minutes of my daughter’s life. That’s when I sat down on the street”
In a conversation with Brum Transport, she further explains:
Nazan Fennell is running the ‘Live in Hope’ campaign to push for proximity sensors to be made mandatory for heavy goods vehicles so that drivers can deal with blind spots better.
Earlier on Brum Transport: Will cyclists be at a greater risk if DfT allows longer lorries on streets?
Soon to follow: Cyclist Chris Lowe explains the problems cyclists face while trying to cross a traffic junction and why investments from £24m funds for cycling should also be made to deal with this problem.