Travel strategy is an important part of trying to address climate change, as well the quality of life of those who have to get to work during rush hour. Anyone who has spent any significant time in Dublin knows how bad it is when the transport system is totally inadequate to the needs of those who use it. Some time back Conor Murphy, who has been doing a fairly competent job, announced an integrated travel plan designed to ease congestion, protect the environment, and facilitate those who have bought houses and flats in and around Belfast and elsewhere in getting to the work that pays their mortgages. A fine plan it was too, if giving too much prominence to cars. Central to transport strategy before and under Murphy has been investement in the much-neglected railways. Imagine the near incredulity then with which I read on the BBC website that consideration is being given to ending Sunday trains.
I’m fairly sure this is an attempt to wring extra cash for the railways rather than under serious consideration, though it does not breed confidence in the transport system, nor in the commitment to green policies we have heard a great deal about. You do wonder sometimes what is wrong with some people. Then again, we have always known most of our politicians are clowns, so maybe I shouldn’t be surprised.