Four hour marathon at St Swithins

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  1. admin says:

    Carrots, sticks and leadership. I’ve added a bit more at the end…

  2. admin says:

    On behalf of Nigel Sherwen…

    I attended the Transport Hustings along with other Camden residents. I agree with Jeremy’s comments that more stations and regular trains into Bath are needed rather than busses on the routes he mentions. Though as shown by the Transition Larkhall/Bath University study there is a major problem for school children on the east side of Bath trying to get to school by bus, as a result of lack of capacity and reliability.

    I share Richard Samuel’s’ view that electric cars are not the real solution to our transport concerns. Of course they don’t pollute the air from their tail pipes, which is a big advantage, but they do emit particulates from tyres and brakes as he pointed out. They also do not resolve the congestion problem or the domination of vehicles in our World Heritage City. I understand that it takes 30kw of electricity to move one car (10 electric kettles worth) whereas an E-bike needs only 250watts to move. Most people I see on E-bikes are able to ride up Lansdown with little apparent effort.

    If one has only an electric car, then for longer journeys the need to recharge becomes important. I understand it generally takes some 45 minutes to charge to 80% full battery for most cars. Can you imagine how many charging points and more importantly the electricity required at a motorway service station, if electric cars become common! So this doesn’t seem to be a long term sustainable solution.

  3. admin says:

    On behalf of my neighbour, who’s father in law has a Hyundai Ioniq which is a fully electric car.

    The car in its 28kWh version gives you ‘up to 174 miles’ range and recharges to 80% in 30 minutes. Electric charging points nationwide are becoming more numerous and novel too. There’s one apparently at the hotel in Bailbrook for example and you can have a coffee whilst you wait. There are schemes to affix them to lamp posts (care required as the costs are being recovered by high pricing per Unit).

    Yes – it does not solve congestion but does reduce, to some extent, particulates by using regenerative braking and there are lots of positives:
    1. the CO2 savings, as 33% of electricity generated in 2018 was renewable, and overnight charging uses electricity when supply is easier and cheaper to produce,
    2. the loss of engine noise,
    3. the loss of unburned hydrocarbon and
    4. the loss of the noxious concoctions adsorbed onto the particulates emanating from diesel engines.