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Unhappily, it tends to validate the scando-greenie article. The lesson is that the national networks will tend to favour the prestigious HSR lines, at the expense of the humdrum regional services, unless there is a counter-power pushing back. In the present case, the Greens voted down the SNCF's proposed regional schedule, which will oblige them to revise it and present a new version, if I have understood correctly (the Greens, including Kohlhaas, are in coalition with the Socialists in the regional government, but voted with the right on this measure to defeat it... the Front National voted with the socialists).

The Rhone Alpes regional government (the French regions have very little power, sadly) has been at the forefront of rejuvenating regional networks, and its model has now been adopted in most regions;

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Fri Nov 12th, 2010 at 01:47:23 PM EST
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The flaw in the scando-greenie article is not that these are possibilities, but in treating these are intrinsic rather than as policy decisions.

There is no technological choice that cannot be made less sustainable by ill-advised policy decisions.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Sat Nov 13th, 2010 at 10:35:32 PM EST
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