Category: Transport

The category for posts about Transport policy – Roads, Planes, Trains, Buses etc

Some of the stuff that ConservativeChitChat Supports (UK Edition)

1) Brexit… Leaving the EU holds the key to being able to do alot of the stuff that many of the stuff I support likely depends on, like keeping proper tabs on immigration. 2) Flat Taxes… they’ve been yapping for too long about simplifying them, how about actually doing it? Introducing Flat Taxes would zap many loopholes, and encourage those with fat wallets to just cough-up what they owe, instead of paying accountants to find ways to wriggle out of paying more than they have to. 3) A £155 per week Minimum Citizens income…. originally touted by the Greens, and branded a bloody stupid idea because it would cost around

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London & South-East England Airport Expansion

There’s been alot of debate over the years about a 3rd Runway at Heathrow, and other means of expanding airport capacity in London. I’ve regularly contributed to the debates with observations I’ve made via Google Earth / Google Maps…. and felt now with a government enquiry on the topic on the cards, thought I’d stick them down on the ConservativeChitChat Blog so there’d be a more permanent place for these observations. It was either here, or the Transport Section on our Messageboard alongside our Real Rail Improvements series. First off, Heathrow – looking at it via Google Maps, there’s sod all space for expansion without taking out a load of

Posted in Airports, London, Transport, Uncategorized

There’s more than one way to improve a railway system…..

Regardless of whether or not you agree with High Speed 2*, there are other things that need doing to improve the state of the UK’s Railway system, and over on the Transport section of the ConservativeChitChat Messageboard I’ve been putting down some ideas I’ve had brewing for a few years, tagged with “Real Rail Improvements” in the topic title. A handful are new, some others I’ve previously submitted via the Conservative’s Transport in the North commission they ran before the 2010 General Election…. and there may be more to come if / when I get round to it. Included so far: Re-open the Picton to Battersby Railway Line Re-open a

Posted in Transport

Another Conservative MP enters my bad books

The latest addition is Justine Greening, having today been reported in the Telegraph & Daily Mail to be in support of increasing tax on Petrol & Diesel at a time the bloody things (remember, fuel gets taxed twice – fuel duty + V.A.T) need cutting to encourage growth & stop ripping off tax payers by charging more in tax on petrol & diesel than the actual fuel costs. The members of the public commenting below the 2 articles don’t sound too chuffed with her either. So much for the potential she showed looking into the Car Insurance rip-off not so long ago. The previous MP to get into my bad

Posted in Fuel, Government, Taxes, Technology, Transport

Something still needs to be done about the UK’s Taxes on Petrol & Diesel

The other day I read an article saying it now costs £100 to fill the fuel tank of an average family car. That means filling your car now costs: £11 more than one of those Amazon Kindle E-Reader gadgets Filling your tank 4 times costs the same as an iPhone 3GS cost me to buy outright on Pay as You Go from the Vodafone Online Store last year, or also the same as an iPAD2 16GB WiFi. Filling it 5 times costs about the same as a near top of the range Panasonic Camcorder + decent sized SDHC card to record the pictures & video’s on. More articles on UK

Posted in Fuel, Taxes, Transport

A fairer way to tax fuel?

The UK may have been free from the tyranny of Gormless Gordon for several months now, but his legacy of bloody crazy fuel prices (largely down to his extortionate taxes, remember) lives on. The latest figure I have of £1.30 a litre apparently works out at: £0.50 for the liquid that goes inside your car’s fuel tank £0.80 in taxes on the fuel to the beancounters in the Treasury. The taxes (both of them) being “Fuel Duty“, and then “V.A.T” on top of that – double taxing in other words (isn’t that supposed to be illegal? I’m sure I’ve heard several people mention it is). Back in the summer when

Posted in Fuel, Policy ideas, Taxes, Transport, UK