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With the #UKCoordinationGroup & #EPlenary about to adopt a resolution on the EU-UK future relationship, here are some elements which would be of great help to integrated supply chains & logistics on both sides of the border @davidmcallister @berndlange @CHansenEU @EP_Trade 1/
1. 1st, a #transport agreement is an absolute must @davidmcallister @berndlange @CHansenEU @KarimaDelli : without an agreement, there is no fallback to allow traffic by road, rail & air freight to continue. Without it, planes won't fly & a very small number of EU & UK vehicles 2/
(trucks & vans) cld ever cross the border relying on a very limited number of ECMT permits (wouldn't even cover 5% of the traffic). The situation is just as serious for the island of Ireland since #transport is not dealt with in the Protocol part of the withdrawal agreement 3/
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BJP's failure in winning 'intellectual' debate became most apparent in #CAA. Reason lies with party. I worked in this space 4 too long to kno how long term agendas are set. Why intellectualism is equated to #Left leaning among a section in #WestBangal & #India. 1/n
I have been consistent in saying that #CAA is a major correction to the historic neglect to human tragedies from sustained flight of #Hindu & other minority from #EastPakistan/#Bangladesh. It's unfinished job of #Partition. 2/n
#Secularism will be threatened only when #India wil institutionally discriminate between two sets of citizens, as it happened in #Pakistan & #Bangladesh not by virtue of giving citizenship 2 d discriminated/persecuted in this 2 countries born out of discriminatory principles. 3/n
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The @BrownUniversity @climatedevlab is investigating 10 #utilities historically dedicated to #climatedenial and opposing #climateaction. (1/8)
These companies are part of a tight-knit historical cohort of #coal #rail and #utility companies, three carbon-intensive industries that have driven the extraction, transportation, generation of American #dirtyenergy. (2/8)
Our research found that many of the same large coal & rail companies have been doing business with the profiled utilities — again & again. (3/8)
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The main users of railways are commuters, who are relatively well-off and most likely live or work in London and the South East. So cutting #railfares by 1/3 would increase both income #inequality and regional inequality.

(snips from factsheets here: gov.uk/government/sta…)
To be fair, distributional impact also depends on how lower #rail fares are funded. Higher taxes on car ownership and/or use might even the impact out a little, and could be better for the environment, but plenty of poorer people rely on cars too.
Finally, remember any environmental benefits rely on more people travelling on trains which are already overcrowded. Much better to use the money to improve infrastructure than cut #railfares, especially as users themselves will benefit from this too.
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Thread for #infographics showing consolidation of #industry & corporate brand families:
Consolidation of #banks 1996-2009
#Food brand ownership
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By putting direct inter-city services on dedicated high speed lines, #HS2 will allow more #train services to run on 3 of the country’s most heavily congested rail routes; West Coast Main Line, East Coast Main Line and Midland Main Line (1/3) Map showing the HS2 route and the resulting capacity released on the West Coast, East Coast and Midland mainlines.
This presents a once in a generation opportunity to improve services on these routes, including passenger services to locations not directly served by #HS2. This will help reduce overcrowding by offering more seats for more passengers on more trains across the country (2/3) Graphic showing how commuter seats leaving Manchester Piccadilly in rush hour will increase from 3,490 to 8,620 and Leeds from 1,720 to 4,860.
By freeing up capacity on our current #railways, #HS2 will help take hundreds of lorries off the roads every day as more freight can move to #rail. This will create more space for drivers on our motorways, make road journeys safer and help the fight against #climatechange (3/3) Motorway busy with traffic and Heavy Goods Vehicles.
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Okay. Scanning through mentions. Lots of questions about the "15th July Timetable"

So let's take a look at what that really means (vs how it's being 'sold' in some quarters) #thameslink #rail #london /1
So let's get one thing straight up front:

The July timetable ISN'T about providing more services overall.

It's about formalising one that frees up GTR to resume driver training again, with the LEAST risk of disruption. /2
So if you think (or have been told) that it means you're getting YOUR train back: well... sorry. probably not.

If it's not in the timetable already (even if it's always showing 'CANCELLED') then you probably ain't getting it back /3
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Okay. This needs a thread. It relies on a mis-understanding of the causes of the issues. BUT ALSO gives a fascinating bit of insight into Grayling himself.

Let's talk about how Grayling's weird obsession with never being wrong is screwing the DfT... #thameslink #rail #london /1
So firstly: the practicalities. This is the thread that triggered this. Read it first: short version is that DfT blew their chance to revoke GTR on performance back in April. By trying to be clever and fucking it up. /2
Now moving on to the "incompetence" charge. The problem is that the premise is flawed. Because it relies entirely on Grayling's insistence that the timetable is the SOLE responsibility of GTR, Network Rail and... well... anyone who isn't him. /3
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Okay people. Repeat after me:

STRIPPING GTR OF ITS FRANCHISE IS NOT A VIABLE THREAT.

Why? Because the DfT tried to be clever back in 2017 and shot themselves in the foot. 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️

Read on... #rail #london #thameslinkfail /1
So. Important thing to remember: The GTR Franchise ISN'T just Thameslink. It's Southern (and bits) as well, all coming together in what was meant to be a super-franchise. /2
Now - if y'all remember - that Southern (and to a lesser extent Thameslink) parts of the network were ALSO a massive clusterf*ck shortly after GTR took over - because of the issue of Driver Only Operation. /3
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