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Two days ago there was a press release from the European Commission:

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Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T): selection of projects for the TEN-T multi-annual programme 2007-2013 and the annual TEN-T programme 2007

I understood this are not the final plans but proposals to be discussed in the EP Jan.2008.

There are several plans for new TGV lines, also in Belgium for a new Brussels-Strasbourg line.

I already read some critics who say half of the plans are not realistic.
What's your take?

The struggle of man against tyranny is the struggle of memory against forgetting.(Kundera)

by Elco B (elcob at scarlet dot be) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2007 at 03:58:50 PM EST
What was these commentators' standard for "realistic"? Economics, politics, construction time?

I may write a diary going through the full list tomorrow. (But I also still owe a diary on the recently opened Channel ÍTunnel Rail Link 2.)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Nov 23rd, 2007 at 04:12:16 PM EST
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Well, I read it on an aviation site: "again some airtraffic will dissapear!"

But in the same time the EU is working on expanding, regulations, taxations, noise-levels of airports. There is a lobby of regional airports very active in Brussels now. They hope on a part of the cake as well. So if the EU puts his money in high speed trains what will be left for this regional airports? So they are questioning this and point to the massive amount of money going to the trains which will be 'unfair competition'.

The struggle of man against tyranny is the struggle of memory against forgetting.(Kundera)

by Elco B (elcob at scarlet dot be) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2007 at 04:47:28 PM EST
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Private Eye
"No wonder transport policy in Britain is stuffed. Officials are planning for the future using energy price predictions from a parallel universe - predictions like crude oil falling to $20 a barrel by 2010. In the real world oil almost hit $100 a barrel this month..."

The full article,(not available online) says that road widening projects  will apear unavoidable with the increas in road traffic that will occur with falling fuel prices, Electrification of the railways becomes uneconomic, and Tram systems benefits don't outweigh their costs.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2007 at 06:30:54 PM EST
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Apparently this report is the basis of UK transport planning for the next 30years!

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2007 at 06:43:25 PM EST
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La la la la la LA LA LA LA la la la la LA la la la. (Etc.)
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2007 at 07:19:04 PM EST
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What's the tune? I can only hear the theme tune to the Banana Splits

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Nov 23rd, 2007 at 08:05:25 PM EST
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