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Archive for June 21st, 2007

Translink lends new trolley to Edmonton

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E40LFR electronics

Photo from Michael Marriott – used with permission

Unbelievable! A system that is bursting at the seams, and that has had vehicle shortages for at least the last ten years to my certain knowledge, and they lend out new buses to others! Not so long ago they were saying the E902s were too clapped out to put on the street safely. No doubt some trolley route is now seeing diesels on a regular basis. Well I hope this convinces Edmonton to buy some replacement trolleys soon – then it will have done some good.

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June 21, 2007 at 8:46 pm

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Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award

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The Guardian

Projects ranging from a recyclable visitor centre to a rooftop nursery have been named on the shortlist for the Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award, announced today. The award recognises projects that have achieved high standards in design, construction and financial management.

While most seem to me to be very worthy projects this one bothered me – a lot.

The blurb that goes with the picture shows that this is not about design, it is yet another plug for the P3 process.

M60 motorway widening project

What, I wonder are we to make of this alongside the other projects most of which have more than a nod towards sustainability? What does widening a motorway do for the local environment? The traffic that this new stretch of road generates will more than offset any benefit from the temporary reduction in congestion. Note how the photographer was sent out – probably very early on a Sunday morning – to snap the shot before all those lanes are filled up with lorries and cars. Would you like to live in one of those houses which used to look over the canal and now look onto lanes of traffic? And look at the country in the background that has been carved up by all that tarmac. Green and pleasant land eh?

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June 21, 2007 at 6:54 am