Category Archives: Technological

Railway Electrification in the North West

Work is underway at a fairly slow pace on electrifying more track in the North West of England. Currently the Manchester to Blackpool line is forecast for completion for the summer timetable of 2018.  Work on re-aligning the track is … Continue reading

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Trident Nuclear deterrent?

A decision is due on replacing the existing submarines for the Trident nuclear weapon system.  These submarines are built in the North West of England. Those who support it believe it is a deterrent and weapon of last resort that … Continue reading

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High Speed Rail 6 years earlier

Today the government announced the high speed line to Crewe will be completed in 2027, or six years earlier than planned.  This could reduce the London to Crewe journey time by 45 minutes although we need to know if the … Continue reading

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Defence Spending Cuts

There is debate about whether UK defence spending should be 2% of GDP.   Some say Russia spends 4% and is increasing it, the USA spends 4% and is decreasing.  Some such as wealthy Germany only spend 1.3%.  Considering relative … Continue reading

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Trident replacement?

The North West has an interest in the Trident replacement.  The submarines are built in Barrow and an alternative solution may involve aircraft from Lancashire. Nuclear weapons are a horror there can be little doubt.   They are unanswerable in conflict … Continue reading

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Who will land on Mars first

The USA stepped up its space programme yesterday with the test launch and recovery of the Orion capsule designed for a manned journey to Mars and back.   The flight was the first time an inhabitable capsule has gone beyond … Continue reading

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Vote for better Trains in the North

Politicians are rushing to make friendly noises towards the north using promises of better trains.    We have High Speed 2 which David Cameron says he supports. High Speed 3 which George Osborne is supporting.  Replacement of old trains which … Continue reading

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Mind The Gap, BBC

Interesting ideas from Evan Davies in his documentary ‘Mind the Gap’.  Relating the rise of London to the slow pace of growth in the rest of the UK.  Evan attributed this to clustering, the magnetism of people and ideas and … Continue reading

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Energy Logic

Energy companies make 4% profit, supermarkets 5%.  Energy companies rip you off, supermarkets save you money. Energy companies are to invest their profits in billions of pounds of new generating capacity every year, but energy prices are to be frozen … Continue reading

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Ray Dolby superb sound engineer – respects

Ray Dolby is famous for Dolby sound.  It seems as though it’s always been around and you wouldn’t expect it to be largely the drive of one man.  Sad news that Ray died last week, such a well known name … Continue reading

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High Speed Rail, HS2 Business Case Questioned by NAO

This week the National Audit Office (NAO) questioned the business case for HS2.  If this is so important you might wonder why it’s taken so long. The main question seems to be how much work, if any, businessmen do on … Continue reading

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Transport in a whirl or is it the modern norm

Overall there seems to be a lot of untidiness and uncertainty in the government’s transport policy. Perhaps they could smarten up their act. Last week we it was announced First Group have been selected for West Coast Main Line contract, … Continue reading

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High Speed Rail looks like being approved

HS2 the high speed rail link between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds looks like it will be approved next week. As usual the rest of the UK will be waiting for investment in London rail to peak before work begins. … Continue reading

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Vodafone Shock Roaming Charges

Shock, horror. Just looked at the Vodafone website for roaming charges. Throw it in the bin.  Surely you’d buy a new mobile overseas? £5 a day for internet use plus £1 per 1MB.  So 10 days might cost £70 just to … Continue reading

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Bring on High Speed Rail and East London Airport

Last week there were two bright thoughts on transport. The first was to start HS2 in the north and build it towards the south. The second was to build a new London Airport in the Thames Estuary on the Isle … Continue reading

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Nuclear Power or not

If you were to imagine a worst case scenario you might say a nuclear power station would be hit by an earthquake, followed quickly by a tsunami. People would say don’t be ridiculous how is that going to happen. But … Continue reading

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New Manufacturing Jobs Announced

After bad news in chocolate and steel manufacturing some good news in cars and nuclear engineering. Most of it with the help of government loans. Nissan announced that their new electrically powered car, the Nissan Leaf, will be produced in Sunderland from 2013. … Continue reading

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Bad news at Astra Zeneca, Leicester

Being interested in what some call the productive as well as high tech part of the economy it’s worrying that Astra Zeneca are cutting back on their research facilities and closing the Leicester site with the loss of 1,200 jobs.   The … Continue reading

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US signalling its decline

I was watching Dan Snow with his show about the power of the Royal Navy and it was apparant that the willingness to spend money on the future was the key to Britains success in the 18th and 19th centuries. … Continue reading

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Smart Meters or not so smart

Is the Smart Meter going to provide the benefits claimed?  They say the unreliable wind power will mean less peak capability so incentives will be given to turn off power at peak times and that home generators can sell back … Continue reading

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