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Heavy freight on canals?

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There is a discussion on radio 2 from about midday about a proposal to move some heavy frieght traffic from britains roads and railways back on to the canal network in order to reduce congestion, polution etc.

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Don’t believe it’ll ever happen. The railways are under utilised for freight and they can’t even shift from road to rail. Even with the investment for the canal network to support large freight movement it still wouldn’t be economical compared with road or rail.

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The BBC is talking about this happening in London, with the hope of reducing congestion on the roads.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/4534801.stm

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bugs bunny wrote:Don’t believe it’ll ever happen. The railways are under utilised for freight and they can’t even shift from road to rail.
And when they denationalised the railways, all those acres of goods yards along the tracks, were sold of for private housing. No going back to freight-rail, government.. who needs them?

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They'd better not start messing with our canals. Apart from anything else it would ruin my view...

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Is that your view from work or from home Steve? V.nice either way.

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Home - taken this morning especially for you.
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Wow! using canals for freight, who'd have thought of that! I'd always assumed that these massive technical achievements of the 18th & 19th centuries had been made for:

i) barge holidays.
ii) Feeding the ducks
iii) Falling in when staggering home pissed from an evening in the pub.

I can't see it happening though. The fact they won't invest in the railways means canals have very little chance of being used.

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Steve B wrote:They'd better not start messing with our canals. Apart from anything else it would ruin my view...
Well, as it happens I spent my formative paddling years on the Coventry Canal, so I know a thing or two about canals. Allow me to interpret Steve's picture for you all...

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A - Derelict industrial complex, full of kids chucking paving slabs from the top floors.

B - Twelve year old heroine dealer.

C - Mumbling and possibly dangerous social inadequate, released due to the 'Care in the Community' policy.

D - Wheelchair friendly nature path, built as part of expensive urban renewal scheme. Frequented solely by prostitutes and pre-teens with air rifles.

E - Two foot deep water clogged with floating breeze blocks (impossible to see until you hit them).

F - Toxic industrial spillage, turns entire canal pink on hot days.

Etc.
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Mark you missed the pink grafitti that some B*****r has sprayed everywhere ;-)

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And where is the floating dead badger?

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jolly funny indeed. did you know that manchester has more canals than venice

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dont forget the old matresses covering the bottom, common place on the newly cleaned up union cannal in Edinburgh.

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Very funny Mark :)
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mendipmammoth wrote:jolly funny indeed. did you know that manchester has more canals than venice
No, but I do know that Birmingham has the same attribute.

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So who wins Manchester or Birmingham?

And where is the shopping trolley in Marks diagram?

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Thanks to Google:

http://jquarter.members.beeb.net/walk6x.htm

Summary:

Birmingham does indeed have more canals than Venice; in fact, it has loads more canals than Venice. To the nearest mile, the figures are:

Birmingham - 35 miles

Venice - 26 miles

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You know you're a brummie when:

You know that Birmingham has more miles of canal than Venice.

You feel the need to share this information with everybody you
meet.

You consider Sutton Park the 'countryside'

You think Cannon Hill Park is 'nature'.

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You've been to Wolverhampton twice and needed Air/Sea rescue to get
home both times.

You say "town" and expect everyone to know which one.

You have never been to Aston Hall but you know intimately the
backstreets of Weston-Super-Mare or Rhyl.

You always have the exact change when you board a bus.

You think Maypole, Druid's Heath, California, Bangham Pit and Gannow
sound perfectly normal names for places.

You've considered punching someone just for implying that you have a
funny accent.

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being ELO, Black Sabbath and UB40.

You like sterilised milk.

You haven't been to the Rag Market since your mum took you there to
get a school blazer in 1974 but have to date signed 37 petitions stop it
closing.

You can't see anything wrong with a bus route that's twenty-two miles
long, takes four hours and finishes where it starts.

You just know that the Millennium Dome, National Stadium and 1992
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