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This week will mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Richard Beeching’s infamous report, The Restructuring of British Railways which outlined plans to cut more than 5,000 miles of rail track and more than 2,000 stations. It was a radical solution to the perceived problem of the time – how to provide an efficient and cost-effective railway in a era of ever-growing car use. Yet 50 years later, we see the humble… Read More

Airlines Fleece Passengers for Non-Existent Carbon Payments Last year the EU Commission headed off a major trade dispute by delaying the inclusion of some flights in the European Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). The aviation sector celebrated, as did many consumers and business travellers as the inclusion of aviation in the ETS was credited with increasing airline ticket prices.  Some predictions suggested ETS compliance would add £80 to a family holiday to the US…. Read More

Air travel makes the world smaller – connecting businesses and allowing individuals to travel the world – adding to GDP as well as bringing pleasure into people’s lives. But  jet engines don’t run on thin air. Aviation emissions currently account for approximately 2% of total CO2 emissions with significant aviation demand growth expected in the short and medium term, particularly in Middle East and Asia. The World Economic Forum calculates that CO2… Read More

For rugby fans in Europe  it’s time to plot the annual Spring pilgrimage to follow your team in the Six Nations which kicks of on 2nd February.   More than any other tournament this annual series is defined by the fans’ faithful expeditions to their opponents’ cities.   The camaraderie and consumption that greets the travelling armies is deserving of its legendary status. It’s been a few years since most of us… Read More